domingo, 26 de abril de 2009

Preparatory Committee discusses plans for sixth Western Saharan film festival

The Preparatory Committee of the Sixth World Festival of Cinema in the Western Sahara (FISAHARA) met Wednesday to discuss preparations for the film festival, which will take place from May 4-9 in the Saharawi refugee camp of Dakhla.

The theme of this year’s festival is "A Stand for Solidarity, a Witness to Freedom, and a Vision of the Future."

Ms. Khadija Hamdi, Minister of Culture of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and Chair of the Preparatory Committee, made public the attendance of more than 450 foreign participants from Europe and Latin America. Algerian attendees will also be present as guests of honor.

First established in 2003, FISAHARA is organized by the Saharawi Ministry of Culture with the support of the Cuban Film Festival, the Latin Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Human Rights Film Festival in New York, and the Festival of San Sebastian, among others.

The organisers also declared that this year will be marked by the participation of famous stars such as Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar.

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