With vitality, humor and unexpected situations, this film paints an unusual portrait of a group of young friends living in a refugee camp in the middle of the stony Saharan desert. A minefield and the second largest military wall in the world separates this group of friends from their homeland that they have only heard about in their parent’s stories. They are called the Sahrawis, also known as the world’s most forgotten people, and have been abandoned in this refugee camp in the middle of a stony desert ever since Morocco drove them out of Western Sahara forty years ago. Trapped somewhere in between life and death, Sidahmed, Zahara and Lafdal refuse to be bothered by it. They spend their days fixing cars that can’t really take them anywhere, fighting for political change without response and together they use the power of creativity and play to denounce the reality around them and expand beyond the borders of the camp.  

   

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2018
Production country:
Sweden
Co production country:
Norway
Germany
Release date (international):
2018-11-16
Production company:
Momento Film AB
Co production company:
Fuglene AS
ma.ja.de
Financing company:
Swedish Film Institute
Norwegian Film Institute
The Freedom of Expression Fund
Producer:
Michael Krotkiewski
Co producer:
Kari Anne Moe
Gudmundur Gunnarsson
Heino Deckert
Sales agent:
Deckert Distribution GmbH

Director

  • Eloy Domínguez Serén

    Eloy Domínguez Serén (b. 1985) studied in Salamanca, Milan, and Barcelona and worked as a film critic before moving to Sweden in 2012. His film No Cow On The Ice premiered in 2015 at Visions du Réel and received international acclaim.       

Festivals

2018:
IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
2019:
Göteborg International Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Eloy Domínguez Serén
Cinematographer:
Eloy Domínguez Serén
Editor:
Ana Pfaff
Eloy Domínguez Serén
Sound Design:
Ted Krotiewski
Thomas Jæger
Johannes Dekko

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Colour
Length in mins:
90'
Subtitles:
English

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