Hamada

    • Eloy Domínguez Serén
    • Sweden, Norway, Germany
    • 2018
    • 88 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance
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    The Sahrawi are a forgotten people. Ever since Morocco annexed the Western Sahara in 1975 and drove the Sahrawi from their homeland, they have fought a fruitless battle for independence that has garnered almost no international attention. At the Algerian border, deep in the rocky desert, refugee camps have risen up that are cut off from their surroundings by minefields and Morocco’s defensive wall, which stretches for thousands of kilometers.

    People have been living in these settlements for decades now. It’s a dreary and tough existence, but the three friends Sidahmed, Zaara and Taher won’t be discouraged. With understated humor, director Eloy Domínguez Serén shows how these twentysomethings manage to keep on chasing their dreams. Sidahmed wants to go to Spain, while the cheerful Zaara, who's not one to be bossed around, is determined to buy a car. First she has to find a job, not to mention learn to drive.

    In addition to capturing the monotony, the delightful camerawork in this colorful, vital portrait of stagnated lives reveals the more pleasant, softer side of this secluded world.

    Credits

    • 88 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Arabic
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Eloy Domínguez Serén
    Production
    David Herdies / Momento Film, Michael Krotkiewski / Momento Film
    Co-production
    Ma.ja.de Filmproduktions GmbH, Fuglene
    Cinematography
    Eloy Domínguez Serén
    Editing
    Ana Pfaff, Eloy Domínguez Serén
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    IDFA history

    2018
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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