The film is directed and produced by Equipe Media and RåFILM. Our partners for distribution and impact are Emmaus Björkå and Saharawi Voice. Together with our partners we run a project with financial support from the Swedish Institute.
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 is 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.
Emmaus Björkå is a Swedish solidarity organization founded in 1965 in the village of Björkå. Today we are based in Gothenburg and have several second hand stores in the southwest of Sweden. With the money earned from our stores we support organizations around the world. We are committed to eliminating the causes of poverty, with a focus on the struggle against occupation and for the rights of refugees. Currently we support the struggle for a free Palestine and Western Sahara as well as Swedish organizations working for the rights of refugees.
Saharawi Voice is a group of filmmakers founded in 2011 who work in the Western Sahara refugee camps in south-west Algeria. We organize and implement projects that provide a platform for the Saharawi to speak out and share their challenges, experiences, perspectives and hopes to an international audience. In addition, provide Saharawi young people with the necessary knowledge and tools to effectively advocate for their cause.