In October 2010 over 15,000 indigenous Sahrawis staged a mass protest in the Western Sahara desert, resisting over three decades of Moroccan rule. Known as Gdeim Izik, it was the first act of the Arab Spring, but failed to draw the international media’s attention. In the early hours of 8th November 2010, Moroccan paramilitary police stormed the camp. Four Sahrawis and ten members of the Moroccan security forces were killed. Dozens more were arrested, many of whom are still awaiting trail before a martial court.
Since the uprisings of 2010, Sahrawis allege there has been an increase in state backed violence against them, with raids carried out on homes of activists as well as joint attacks carried out by Moroccan civilians and police.
Filmed undercover in the Moroccan controlled territories of Western Sahara on the eve of the second anniversary of the 2010 uprisings, La Badil (No Other Choice) provides a insight into the rarely reported plight of the Sahrawi.
The documentary features interviews with Sahrawi activists and human rights victims. It also explores some of the underlying issues fuelling the conflict, including the vested interests that fuel the relationship between the French and Moroccan Governments, and the resource exploitation of the region.
Produced, directed, filmed & edited by Dominic Brown.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Western Sahara documentary La Badil will be screening at FiSahara - the most remote and the most remarkable film festival in the world. It is a week-long gala of screenings, parallel activities and concerts deep in the Sahara desert, held in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria from 8-13th October. Filmed undercover i...
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
We are delighted to announce the release of a new documentary, La Badil (No Other Choice), about the struggle of the indigenous Sahrawi people of Western Sahara.Despite being on Europe's doorstep, the situation in Western Sahara is rarely reported in the media despite growing evidence that suggests an ongoing oppression of the indigenous Sahrawi is...