Film festival in refugee camp
"In my film, I explore the plight of the Sahrawi people, a resilient population of 150,000, often forgotten by the international media. Any middle-aged Spaniard is, to a greater or lesser extent, aware of the Sahrawi question. Until 1976 it was a Spanish province, the last European colony in Africa. Many Spaniards even did their military service there. At that time Spain abandoned the territory, which was occupied by Morocco, forcing part of its population to flee and settle on the other side of the border, in Algerian territory, in refugee camps.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of this conflict, and after 45 years it has not been resolved. As the title of the film would suggest, Cinema and Oblivion, it's a forgotten conflict. This film wants to do that, bring this situation out of oblivion.
I had filmed a documentary about the journey of a group of young people to the occupied territories of Western Sahara, and this documentary was screened at the FiSahara, a film festival that takes place every year in Dakhla, one of the refugee camps. And the idea came up to make a film reflecting daily life in the camps and the influence of this film festival on the population."