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Sahara Film Festival: dreams of the Saharawi homeland

By Stefan Simanowitz  

One of the festival's workshops in action

Dakhla refugee camp emerges out of the dust, a sprawling single-storey city built from the desert sand. We are approaching at speed along a network of dirt tracks in a fleet of Landcruisers. On board are a charter plane-load of people, mainly Spaniards, who left Madrid at midnight and whose presence will augment the number of international participants at the Sahara film festival to over 400. After touching down at Tindouf, Western Algeria, in…

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