March 19 – 30
At Tower City
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Country: ALGERIA, MOROCCO, MAURITANIA, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, USA
Run Time: 78 minutes
STOLEN is a real-life adventure story that unfolds as Australian filmmakers Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw travel to the Western Saharan desert. They intend to film a family reunion scheduled to take place in refugee camps, 30 years after the dispute between Morocco and the Algerian-based Polisario Front. (Western Sahara was under Spanish control for many years until Morocco invaded in 1976.) Taking issue with Morocco, Polisario has established itself as the sole representative of the nomadic Saharan, or Saharawi, people. Some 100,000 refugees still live in Polisario's camps in Algeria. As Ayala and Fallshaw interview refugees, they realize with horror that many of the black Saharawis in the United Nations-monitored refugee camps are still enslaved by white Arabs. Polisario gets wind of the fact that the crew has refocused the topic of their film to slavery, which everyone strictly denies still exists. Now the filmmakers and their interview subjects are in danger. Burying their tapes in the desert sands, they escape the territory for the time being, newly determined to carry their shocking exposé of modern-day slavery - on both sides of the disputed territory - to the world. (In Hassanyia Arabic and Spanish with subtitles) – B.B.
Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 12:00 PM
Dan Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Violeta Ayala from Bolivia has dedicated her media career to working for social change. In 2003 she moved to Australia where she studied journalism. Dan Fallshaw studied in Sydney and London. He worked in London and Germany as an art director and later in Italy as a film editor. Violeta and Dan have worked together since 2006.