A minefield and the second largest military wall in the world separate Sidahmed, Zaara and Taher from their homeland that they only know from their parents’ stories. They belong to the Sahrawis, one of the world’s most forgotten people, abandoned in a refugee camp in the middle of the desert ever since Morocco drove them out of Western Sahara forty years ago. The three friends spend their days fixing cars, even though they can hardly take them anywhere, fighting for political change and dreaming of a future that most likely will never happen.
The feature-length debut from director Eloy Dominguez Serén, HAMADA had its world premiere in competition at IDFA before going on to win awards at the Cinéma du Réel, Gijón, and Porto/Post/Doc festivals.
“The film combines patient, sensitive ethnographic observations with a streak of wry and off-beat humor, and the result is the kind of ostensibly 'small' production which lingers in the mind long after noisier affairs have faded into oblivion.” –The Hollywood Reporter
DIRECTED BY ELOY DOMINGUEZ SERÉN
SWEDEN, GERMANY, NORWAY | 2018 | HASSANIYA ARABIC AND SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES