3 Stolen Cameras

A Film by Equipe Media
and RåFILM

Synopsis

The members of video activist group Equipe Media fight to keep their cameras. They use them to document the Moroccan kingdoms’ violations of human rights in Africa’s last colony.
No journalists are allowed to enter occupied Western Sahara. The only images that find their way out of the territory are the ones Equipe Media manages to film in secret, hiding on roof tops and risking severe consequences. They film peaceful demonstrations being attacked by police and military, and injuries and stories from victims of police brutality.
This is a story about breaking an absolute censorship with unique footage from an area where the Moroccan authorities have managed to implement a near total media blockade.

Director

  • Picture of Equipe Media © RaaFILM & Equipe Media

    Equipe Media

    Equipe Media was founded in 2009 to document and spread information about the oppression of the Sahrawi people by the Moroccan occupiers. Our activities are criminalized by Morocco and we are one of very few groups to get information out of the occupied territories since journalists are not permitted to visit. Equipe Media regularly publishes news about occupied Western Sahara and are in contact with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other groups working with human rights.

    Our members have been imprisoned, tortured, beaten and have lost their employments because of their activism. Today the group has around 25 members and 3 of them are imprisoned. Banbari Mohamed sentenced to 6 years of prison, Bachir Khada sentenced to 20 years of prison and Lekhfaouni Abdaiahi sentenced to life in prison.

  • Picture of RåFILM © RaaFILM & Equipe Media

    RåFILM

    RåFILM is a Swedish collective of filmmakers that connect film and activism. Through collaboration we facilitate the production of films that address social issues and have a critical approach.
    We do documentaries, animations and fiction film in different formats, organize campaigns and work with educational projects. The organization was founded in 2000 and now has offices in Malmö and Stockholm.
    Over the years our work has been screened and awarded at festivals around the world and broadcasted on TV. We also create alternative screening events, often site-specific and related to the topic of the film.

Awards + Festivals

  • *NOMINATED BEST INT'L SHORT DOCUMENTARY*
    DOK LEIPZIG (Official Selection, World Premiere, Leipzig, Germany) October 30, 2017
  • NAPLES HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Solidarity Screening, Naples., Italy)November 10, 2017
  • THIS HUMAN WORLD (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)November 30, 2017
  • FESTIVAL INT'LL DU CINÉMA D'ALGER (Official Selection, Algiers, Algeria)December 1, 2017
  • GÖTEBORG FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Göteborg, Sweden)January 28, 2018
  • *NOMINATED FOR TEMPO SHORT AWARD*
    TEMPO DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Stockholm, Sweden) March 5, 2018
  • *NOMINATED BEST INT'L SHORT DOCUMENTARY*
    BBC ARABIC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK) April 20, 2018
  • CENSURADOS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lima, Peru)April 21, 2018
  • *NOMINATED BEST INT'L SHORT DOCUMENTARY*
    16th SAN SEBASTIAN HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Sebastian, Spain) April 26, 2018
  • ADDIS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)May 1, 2018
  • 1905 INT'L HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hong Kong, China)May 20, 2018
  • FESTIVAL SIGNS OF THE NIGHT (Official Selection, Bangkok, Thailand)June 2, 2018
  • DOCUMENTARIST - ISTANBUL DOCUMENTARY DAYS (Official Selection, Istanbul, Turkey)June 9, 2018
  • DOC-KET - INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL OF EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILM (Official Selection, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico)July 19, 2018
  • HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL "EL SÉPTIMO OJO ES TUYO" (Official Selection, Sucre, Bolivia)August 13, 2018
  • 7th FESTIVAL DE CINE DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS DE VALPARAISO CHILE (Official Selection, Chile)September 9, 2018
  • FILMINITIATIV KÖLN - THE AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cologne, Germany)September 13, 2018
  • *BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARY*
    3rd SLEMANI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kurdistan Region, Iraq)October 10, 2018
  • 12th ARTIFARITI - INTERNATIONAL ART AND HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirariti, Western Sahara)October 30, 2018
  • 6th INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES DE MEDELLÍN - FICME (Official Selection, Medellín, Colombia)November 6, 2018
  • 5th HUMAN RIGHTS AND…ACTION! (Official Selections, Castelló de la Plana, Spain)November 8, 2018
  • 15th BARCELONA HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)November 15, 2018
  • 4th RED CARPET HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Gaza, Gaza Strip)November 22, 2018
  • 2nd BLUE DANUBE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)November 24, 2018
  • 22nd CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS (Official Selection, Forlimpopoli, Italy)November 28, 2018
  • 5th LACENO D’ORO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Avellino, Italy)December 3, 2018
  • FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES PILAS EN CORTO (Official Selection, Pilas, Sevilla, Spain)December 14, 2018
  • 5th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL CINEMA E TRANSCENDENCIA (Official Selection, Brasília City, Brazil)December 19, 2018
  • 7th SILK ROAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dublin, Ireland)February 5, 2019
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM*
    6th FICME - MEDELLÍN INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Medellin, Colombia)February 14, 2019
  • 9th QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)February 14, 2019
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    4th MEDELLIN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL - FESTMEDALLO (Official Selection, Medellin, Colombia)February 14, 2019
  • 16th WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tartu, Estonia)March 18, 2019
  • 46th ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Athens, Ohio, USA)April 8, 2019
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    2nd SA INDIE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Cape Town, South Africa)May 24, 2019
  • 10th ENFOQUE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico)June 5, 2019
  • 4th PAPHOS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paphos, Cyprus)June 21, 2019
  • 43rd OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Official Selection, Weiterstadt, Germany)August 8, 2019
  • 2nd LEBANESE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beirut, Lebanon)September 11, 2019
  • 3rd WALES INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Swansea, Wales, UK)September 18, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
RåFILM & Equipe Media
Producer
RåFILM & Equipe Media
Screenplay
RåFILM & Equipe Media
Director of Photography
Equipe Media
Sound
David Gülich
Editor
RåFILM & Equipe Media
Sound Design
David Gülich & RåFILM
Music
Mariem Hassan

Details

Running Time
17:15 min
Shooting Format
Mixed (Digital, GoPro, Mobile Phones)
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTORS

DIRECTORS
RåFILM
Södra Förstadsgatan 90A LGH 1202
214 20 Malmö
Sweden

For questions to the directors:
Equipe Media (Arabic / English / French): weldmayarah@gmail.com

Equipe Media (Arabic / Spanish): ettanji.ahmed@gmail.com

RåFILM (Swedish / English / Spanish): ak@rafilm.se

www.emsahara.com
www.rafilm.se