|3 STOLEN CAMERAS|
|East Coast Premiere|
|Director: RåFILM, Equipe Media|
Sweden/Western Sahara, 2017, 17min
Format: Digital (screening) - Mixed (Digital, GoPro, Mobile Ph (shooting)
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Short Narrative
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|Crew: ||Producers: RåFILM , Equipe Media - Screenwriters: RåFILM , Equipe Media - Editor: RåFILM , Equipe Media - Sound Design: David Gu¨lich, RåFILM - Music: Mariem Hassan - DOP: Equipe Media
The members of video activist group Equipe Media, from occupied Western Sahara, fight to keep their cameras. This is a story about breaking an absolute censorship with unique footage from an area where the Moroccan authorities have managed to implement a near total media blockade.
*Equipe Media was founded in 2009 to document and spread information about the oppression of the Sahrawi people by the Moroccan occupiers. Our activities are criminalized by Morocco and we are one of very few groups to get information out of the occupied territories since journalists are not permitted to visit. Equipe Media regularly publishes news about occupied Western Sahara and are in contact with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other groups working with human rights. Our members have been imprisoned, tortured, beaten and have lost their employments because of their activism. Today the group has around 25 members and 3 of them are imprisoned. Banbari Mohamed sentenced to 6 years of prison, Bachir Khada sentenced to 20 years of prison and Lekhfaouni Abdaiahi sentenced to life in prison.
RåFILM is a Swedish collective of filmmakers that connect film and activism. Through collaboration we facilitate the production of films that address social issues and have a critical approach. We do documentaries, animations and fiction film in different formats, organize campaigns and work with educational projects. The organization was founded in 2000 and now has offices in Malmö and Stockholm. Over the years our work has been screened and awarded at festivals around the world and broadcasted on TV. We also create alternative screening events, often site-specific and related to the topic of the film.