Film Africa 2011 Sunday Screening – El Problema

Screening November 6, 2011 4:00 PM

El Problema is a four-year investigation into the lives of people living in the Western Sahara.

The film includes testimonies from men and women who are prohibited by the Moroccan authorities from any physical expression of their Saharawi identity, including singing as well as public demonstrations. Prevented from using the name Western Sahara, they refer to the plight of the Saharawi people as ‘the problem’.

The film brilliantly exlored this complex situation and the repression and violence against the Saharawi people, among them the multiple award winning human rights activist Aminetou Haidar, who went hunger strike for 32 days in November 2009.


Directed by Jordi Ferrer and Pablo Vidal
82 mins

Winner Amnesty International Prize – San Sebastian Human Rights Documentary Festival 2010
Winner FISAHARA Film Festival 2010
Winner Audience Award – International Festival MIRADASDOC 2010
Section Made in Spain – 59º San Sebastian International Film Festival
Section Best of Fests – 23º IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam)




 Film Africa 2011

10 days of more than fifty of the best African fiction and documentary films from across the continent.

With lively Q&As and panel discussions featuring leading African filmmakers, and a dynamic programme of cultural events. Brought to you by the Royal African Society and SOAS.