Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
35 Films That Could Become Foreign Language Oscar Submissions 35 Films That Could Become Foreign Language Oscar Submissions Eight Films Submitted for Consideration as German Oscar Entry Eight Films Submitted for Consideration as German Oscar Entry EXCLUSIVE TRAILER: In Brazilian Drama 'The Moving Creatures' Daily Life Unfolds in Unique Ways EXCLUSIVE TRAILER: In Brazilian Drama 'The Moving Creatures' Daily Life Unfolds in Unique Ways 15 Films That Could Become Mexico's Oscar Entry 15 Films That Could Become Mexico's Oscar Entry Asian World Film Festival Adds East West Artists’ Jaeson Ma as Director of International Relations Asian World Film Festival Adds East West Artists’ Jaeson Ma as Director of International Relations Legendary Actress Rita Moreno Will Be Part of the 6th Annual Loft Film Fest Legendary Actress Rita Moreno Will Be Part of the 6th Annual Loft Film Fest China’s First English-Speaking Sci-Fi Film 'Lost in the the Pacific' Garners International Pre-Sales China’s First English-Speaking Sci-Fi Film 'Lost in the the Pacific' Garners International Pre-Sales Join Matthew Cooke, Adrian Grenier, & Deepak Chopra For The Film That Will Help to Change the Inhumane US Prison System Join Matthew Cooke, Adrian Grenier, & Deepak Chopra For The Film That Will Help to Change the Inhumane US Prison System 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' is a Cinematic Out-Of-Body Experience Brimming with Animated Wisdom 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' is a Cinematic Out-Of-Body Experience Brimming with Animated Wisdom Meryl Streep's Screenwriting Lab for Women Over 40 Reveals Participants Meryl Streep's Screenwriting Lab for Women Over 40 Reveals Participants Hollyshorts Fest Opens With New Clip From Eli Roth's The Green Inferno Hollyshorts Fest Opens With New Clip From Eli Roth's The Green Inferno Exclusive Interview: Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Harvey Weinstein's Antics, 'T.S. Spivet,' and 'Casanova' Exclusive Interview: Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Harvey Weinstein's Antics, 'T.S. Spivet,' and 'Casanova' Exclusive: Epic Pictures' Award-winning 'Jeruzalem' U.S. Premiere Slated for August 23rd Exclusive: Epic Pictures' Award-winning 'Jeruzalem' U.S. Premiere Slated for August 23rd LatinoBuzz: Duo Ben Odell and Eugenio Derbez of 3Pas Studios LatinoBuzz: Duo Ben Odell and Eugenio Derbez of 3Pas Studios Salma Hayek on 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet': 'His Poetry Talks About the Simple Things in Life That Unite Us All" Salma Hayek on 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet': 'His Poetry Talks About the Simple Things in Life That Unite Us All" Cannes'15: Jane Fonda, Olivia de Havilland and Megan Ellison to Receive 'Women in Motion' Honor Awards Cannes'15: Jane Fonda, Olivia de Havilland and Megan Ellison to Receive 'Women in Motion' Honor Awards 30 Essential Iranian Films to Watch in Honor of Nowruz (Persian New Year)! 30 Essential Iranian Films to Watch in Honor of Nowruz (Persian New Year)! Oscars 2015 : Best Foreign Language Film Contenders - Europe Part 1 Oscars 2015 : Best Foreign Language Film Contenders - Europe Part 1 Oscars 2015 : Best Foreign Language Film Contenders - The Americas Oscars 2015 : Best Foreign Language Film Contenders - The Americas LatinoBuzz: Interview With Actor Richard Cabral of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' LatinoBuzz: Interview With Actor Richard Cabral of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones'

10th Sahara International Film Festival: Javier Bardem calls the festival "a miracle"

Photo of Carlos Aguilar By Carlos Aguilar | SydneysBuzz October 13, 2013 at 9:20PM

Spanish Academy Award-winning actor Javier Bardem described the Sahara International Film Festival as "nothing short of a miracle'. The festival known as FiSahara took place in Sahrawi refugee camps in the Sahara desert on October 8-13, and included screenings of over 30 films from around the world, as well as workshops, concerts and camel races.
0
FiSahara

Spanish Academy Award-winning actor Javier Bardem described the Sahara International Film Festival as "nothing short of a miracle'. The festival known as FiSahara took place in Sahrawi refugee camps in the Sahara desert on October 8-13, and included screenings of over 30 films from around the world, as well as workshops, concerts and camel races.



The event is a unique opportunity for the thousands of Saharawi refugees to be expose to international cinema in an environment of peace that highlights the work of the artists. This amazing desert film festival will be attended by over 200 international actors, directors, human rights and video activists and cinephiles.

Now on its 10th edition, the program aims to inform and inspires by presenting an incredible body of films that hardly ever get to be seen in this region of the world. From short films to animation and documentaries, and even blockbusters like the Academy Award-winning film by Ang Lee Life of Pi or The Impossible were screened alongside original work from Sahrawi refugees. 18 short films, created by refugee students through the Cinema for the Sahrawi People program that set up a film school in the camps in 2011, represented the local talent. 

Academy Award-winning actor Javier Bardem
Academy Award-winning actor Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem, who attended FiSahara in 2008, said:“To run an international film festival in a refugee camp deep in the Sahara desert is little short of a miracle. The 10th edition of FiSahara promises to be one of the best, not only entertaining and educating all who participate but also helping to raise awareness about the plight of the Saharawi refugees who have been exiled from their native Western Sahara for almost four decades.” Out his visit Bardem co-produced and starred in a film about the Western Sahara Sons of the Clouds, and has now partnered with the Robert Kennedy Foundation for Human Rights and Justice to advocate for human rights in the Western Sahara.

'Sons of the Clouds' produced and starring Javier Bardem
'Sons of the Clouds' produced and starring Javier Bardem

This year's program in particular included a series of films on social justice and the Arab Spring thanks to the partnership with Amnesty International's Movies that Matter film festival. These films attempt to develop cinema as tools for change that will encourage viewers to not be indifferent to the injustices committed against humanity all over the globe. Some of highlights in the program were the Academy Award-nominated Five Broken Cameras (Palestine/ Israel), Wadjda (Saudi Arabia), My Makzhen & Me (Morocco) and The Suffering Grasses (United States-Syria)



E-Mail Updates