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Hamada

Eloy Domínguez Serén

With vitality, humor and unexpected situations, this film paints an unusual portrait of a group of young friends living in a refugee camp in the middle of the stony Saharan desert.

A minefield and the second largest military wall in the world separates this group of friends from their homeland that they have only heard about in their parent’s stories. They are called the Sahrawis and have been abandoned in this refugee camp in the middle of a stony desert ever since Morocco drove them out of Western Sahara forty years ago. Trapped somewhere in between life and death, Sidahmed, Zaara and Taher refuse to be bothered by it. They spend their days fixing cars that can’t really take them anywhere, fighting for political change without response and together they use the power of creativity and play to denounce the reality around them and expand beyond the borders of the camp.

Info & Credits

Directed by
Eloy Domínguez Serén
Produced by
Michael Krotkiewski
Co-produced by
Kari-Anne Moe & Gudmundur Gunnarsson/Fuglene (NO), Heino Deckert/Ma.ja.de (DE)
Cinematography by
Eloy Domínguez Serén
Edited by
Ana Pfaff, Eloy Domínguez Serén
Genre
Documentary
With support from
Swedish Film Institute, Norwegian Film Institute, SVT, DR, Aftenposten, Fritt Ord

Awards and nominations

MECAS Award for the best work-in-progress, Las Palmas IFF, 2018

Genève Award for the best pitch, Visions du Réel Forum, 2017

The Audience Engagement Award, Visions du Réel Forum, 2017

Selected at the Doc Station of Berlinale Talents 2017