FiSahara: Sand, Stars, and Human Rights - Raindance

We are proud to announce that – for the second year in a row – Raindance will be one of the sponsors of the Western Sahara Film Festival (FiSahara), which will be held in a  refugee camp deep in the Sahara desert from 28 April – 3 May.

Why not come along to the 12th edition, one of the most remarkable film festivals in the world, for 6 days of red-carpets in the sand, music in the dunes and world class cinema beneath the stars?

Described by Javier Bardem as “little short of a miracle”, the festival attracts hundreds of international actors, filmmakers and cinephiles from around the world who join the refugees for a weeklong gala of screenings, workshops, camel races and concerts.

Films are projected at night onto huge outdoor screens and this year’s programme – themed around Universal Justice but also including entertainment and Saharawi films – will include award-winning films ranging from documentaries to animations, short-films to Oscar-winning blockbusters. There will also be audiovisual workshops aimed at teaching the refugees film-making techniques and screenings of films made by refugees themselves. The best films made by the Saharawi refugees will be screened in London during the Raindance film festival 2015.


Pedro Almodovar, in London recently to promote the stage adaptation of his film, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, told an audience at the BFI: “It’s very important for the Saharawi refugees to see films from around the world. To support them is not a question of humanitarianism. It’s about humanity, about having heart.”

At its heart, FiSahara is a human rights film festival which aims to raise awareness on the plight of the refugees, who this year mark 40 years of living in exile. It provides entertainment and educational opportunities to the refugees and a uniquely rewarding experience for visitors. It already receives support from many prominent members of the film industry, such as Javier Bardem, Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, and Penelope Cruz. Also, FiSahara is part of the Human Rights Film Network, whose partners include Amnesty International’s Movies that Matter programme.


This year’s festival is shaping-up to be the best yet and they will be announcing the programme of world class film and music soon. In the meantime why not book your trip? Festival guests fly to Tindouf (Algeria) on a chartered flight from Madrid, Spain, and travel by land to Dakhla. Find out more here, and follow them on twitter at @FiSahara

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