3 STOLEN CAMERAS
The members of video activist group Equipe Media fight to keep their cameras. They use them to document the Moroccan kingdoms’ violations of human rights in Africa’s last colony.
No journalists are allowed to enter occupied Western Sahara. The only images that find their way out of the territory are the ones Equipe Media manages to film in secret, hiding on roof tops and risking severe consequences. They film peaceful demonstrations being attacked by police and military, and injuries and stories from victims of police brutality.
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.
Since Equipe Media started in 2009 they have documented and published material showing violations of the human rights of Sahrawis. Their footage is unique because it is completely forbidden to film out in the open in the occupied territories. Because of this, Equipe Media films with strict constraints. While filming from rooftops, using small hand held cameras and blending into the protest they manage to capture the brutality of living under occupation.
RåFILM and Equipe Media started cooperating in 2013 in order to use this footage and edit it into a documentary. Inspired by the great documentary ‘5 Broken Cameras’ about Palestine they started telling the story about the three cameras stolen from Equipe Media by the moroccan occupying forces. The more known occupation of Palestine is in many ways similar to the occupation of Western Sahara.
The footage is blended with music of the world famous Sahrawi musician and activist Mariem Hassan.
Titel: 3 Stolen Cameras
Original titel: ٣ كاميرات مسروقة
Directed and produced by RåFILM & Equipe Media
Cinematography: Equipe Media
Sound mix: David Gülich
Music: Mariem Hassan
Co-production with: Film i Skåne, Lisa Nyed
Length: 17 min
A video activist group is struggling to keep their cameras in the occupied Western Sahara where the Moroccan authorities have managed to implement a near total media blockade.
The members of video activist group Equipe Media, from 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.