The Sahrawi are a forgotten people. Ever since Morocco annexed the Western Sahara in 1975 and drove the Sahrawi from their homeland, they have fought a fruitless battle for independence that has garnered almost no international attention. At the Algerian border, deep in the rocky desert, refugee camps have risen up that are cut off from their surroundings by minefields and Morocco’s defensive wall, which stretches for thousands of kilometers.
People have been living in these settlements for decades now. It’s a dreary and tough existence, but the three friends Sidahmed, Zaara and Taher won’t be discouraged. With understated humor, director Eloy Domínguez Serén shows how these twentysomethings manage to keep on chasing their dreams. Sidahmed wants to go to Spain, while the cheerful Zaara, who's not one to be bossed around, is determined to buy a car. First she has to find a job, not to mention learn to drive.
In addition to capturing the monotony, the delightful camerawork in this colorful, vital portrait of stagnated lives reveals the more pleasant, softer side of this secluded world.
- Best Spanish Film - Gijón IFF
- Best Spanish Director - Gijón IFF
- Best Emerging Director - Porto/Post/Doc
- Head – Genève Postproduction Award, Audience Engagement Award - Visions Du Réel
- Mecas Award for the best work-in-progress project at Las Palmas IFF
- Loridan Ivens - CNAP Award, Young Jury Award - Cinéma du Réel
- Eloy Domínguez Serén
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Eloy Domínguez Serén was born in 1985 in Simes (Galicia). He studied in Salamanca, Milano and Barcelona, where he graduated in 2010. Before debuting as a filmmaker he worked as a film critic for both radio and press, becoming a member of the Youth Jury at 67th Biennale di Venezia in 2010.
In 2012 he moved to Sweden, where he made his first short film PETTRING. In 2014 he released two new projects, the short film I DEN NYA HIMLEN and the medium-feature film JET LAG (programmed at FID Marseille, Doc’s Kingdom, Museum of the Moving Image of New York and Etats Généraux de Lussas, among others).
His film NO COW ON THE ICE premiered in 2015 at Visions du Réel and awarded in Toulouse, Play-Doc, Filmadrid, L'Alternativa or Márgenes, while his two most recent works, the short films YELLOW BRICK ROAD and RUST, have been premiered at Jihlava IDFF and FID Marseille, respectively. In 2017 his new project HAMADA won two awards at the Doc Outlook of Visions du Réel and the post-production award at Las Palmas and it was selected at the Doc Station of Berlinale. Moreover, he was also selected to participate at Berlinale Talents 2017. HAMADA (2018) premiered at IDFA.
Along with that project, he is currently working in THE DARKER IT GETS, a Swedish production shot in the Arctic Circle.