The Western Sahara International Film Festival (FiSahara) is an annual event that uses film to entertain and empower Sahrawi refugees and to raise international awareness about a forgotten crisis. From 7 to 13 October 2013, the 10th edition of the festival takes place in Dakhla, the most remote of the refugee camps in Southwestern Algeria. In close cooperation with the local NGO Polisario, FiSahara shows 28 different films on two screens. The festival also provides workshops, roundtables, cultural activities and spectacular camel races. Besides 5,000 local attendees, about 160 international visitors are expected. This year, the festival initiates a special human rights section.
The festival is supported by Movies that Matter and will be attended by Wim Brouwer, coordinator of the A Matter of ACT programme at Movies that Matter. He will give an introduction at a workshop about film and human rights advocacy in Africa and the Middle East.
Movies that Matter supports human rights film screenings worldwide. More information on the Movies that Matter Support Programme can be found at www.moviesthatmatter.nl/international.