Robin Kahn

About Location

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Sahrawi women and children, by Robin Kahn

Western Sahara, formerly the Spanish Sahara, is Africa's last colony. Rejecting the United Nation's resolution to decolonize and the International Court of Justice's call for a referendum on self-determination for the indigenous Sawrawi people, Spain instead granted sovereignty over the territory to Morocco and Maurtania. Today, more than 150,000 Sahrawis are exiled in refugee camps in Algeria, and over 100,000 more suffer oppression inside their homeland.

 

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Great Music sung by Sahrawi musicians/ freedom fighters

Most everyone in Western Sahara knows these songs and sings them:

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdqQLxbfqSsusic

 Athamana Yirahana- great introduction music,

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgQiK1DHnug

Mariem Hassan Shouka the thorn…Mariam singing a response to Felipe Gonzales’ sppech in 1976 in the Sahrawi camps one year after the Moroccan invasion.  Her 2011 response to his betrayal in the place where he first sang.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR3A2AlhSk8

Mariem Hassan “The necessity of freeing my country must happen in my mind.” Hassan drumming intro

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiRziLKezJI&feature=related

Mariem Hassan with jazzy electric guitars singing

 

www.sandblast-arts.org

records Sahrawi music by women and children from the camps helping them make a viable industry of their arts.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1DULpl0kVY&feature=related

Artist: Naci Baysu Sings Afak Ya Aminetu- La Luchadora Saharaui

music with videos of Aminetu Haidar/hunger strike, her supporters other victims of human rights abuses    6:36

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDkWjFIfKZE

Moakara and Estrella Polisaria playing at Tifariti 2009

Yahuti Sahara

Present day

 

Movie footage:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ctzsQF4g2s&feature=endscreen

trailer for Javier Bardem’s film Hijo de las Nubes: La Ultima Colonia (Sons of the Clouds) filmed during his 2008 stay in the camps and debuted at Berlin Film Festival 2012

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fq6-LwyUf8&feature=related

Saharauis: los ojos del desierto  images of the camps, people living there, Paleolithic paintings in Erquellez,

Preservation of art and culture

 

Western Sahara videos in English

 

http://www.sandblast-arts.org/resources/films

 

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE:

 

Lalia:  La Fuga del Infierno: 1975-76  (RASD/Polisario; DVD 18’)

Original footage of the exodus  (Spanish only)

 

INSIDE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES:

 

Children of the Clouds (Venezuelan dir: Carlos Gonzalez; Alucine films, 2007)

Re: oppression of Sahrawi students of all ages.  Filmed in El Aaiun, late-May-June 2006  (16’30”  DVD; Music Mariem Hassan)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86mvXy-8wjY  (part 1 only: 8’ 23”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApA8LLvw6kI  (part 2 only; 8’31”)

 

The Problem (2010; English subtitles)

Trailer for 'El Problema: testimony of the Saharawi people'
a documentary by Jordi Ferrer y Pablo Vidal
to learn more please visit www.elproblema.net
produced by Producciones Mundodoc
www.mundodoc.com

www.Elproblema.net

excerpts:

trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVVViujjRaA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqGSzg_WKnI

 

Democracy Now!

Western Saharan Activist Aminatou Haidar Demands Return to Occupied (Mouloud Said, Marselha, Stephen Zunes, etal)

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/1/in_third_week_of_hunger_strike

(51 min.)

 

Homeland 1 of 3: 10 min.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxpQFHohhU0

 

Silent Sahara Rising – Morocco (12 min.)

JourneymanTV: may 30, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVq02iLq1eU