January 4, 2021
Occupied Western Sahara is under assault! On November 13, Morocco broke a three-decades-long ceasefire by launching a military operation in a United Nations-patrolled buffer strip in response to a peaceful protest by Sahrawis. Donald Trump’s outrageous move to recognize Morocco’s claim over Western Sahara has only inflamed tensions further. The people of Western Sahara have waited for a referendum on independence since 1991. With freedom denied, Sahrawis have continued to live in Africa’s last colony, unable to exercise sovereignty or determine their own future.
In 2015, we released LIFE IS WAITING: referendum and resistance in Western Sahara, a film documenting the Sahrawi struggle for self-determination. In light of recent events, we wanted to invite you to learn more about the ongoing conflict and the incredible artists and activists working to achieve freedom. You can watch the full film for free on YouTube, and the film is now available with Arabic, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish subtitles.
For more background, you can visit this newscast from our friends at Democracy Now!, who discussed the unfolding events in Western Sahara in a recent episode, linked here.
We hope that you will take this opportunity to learn more about Western Sahara and to express your solidarity–and we hope that LIFE IS WAITING can provide some useful context. If you would like to organize a future screening, online or in-person, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!