9th FICA: “Bidun Hawiya”, depicting life of Sahrawis without nationality, screened in Algiers

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Nayat Ahmed Abdeslam’s “Bidun Hawiya” (Sahrawis without nationality), a short film on the ordeal of the Sahrawi nationals in Spain to have a nationality, was presented Wednesday, in Algiers, as part of the 9th International Film Festival of Algiers (FICA), in the presence its director.

Western Sahara-Spain coproduction, “Bidun hawiya” raises in 20 minutes the problem of the loss of identity of the people of the former colony of Spain and currently occupied by Morocco, experiencing all the difficulties to have a nationality .

These Saharawis, former citizens of the Spanish colony, have no choice but to claim stateless status (a person without a legal nationality) or a Spanish nationality.

The director, Saharawi Spanish nationality, is talking about the Sahrawi nationals, established in Spain as stateless, a status that does not guarantee their civil rights in this country and, secondly, access to the referendum on self-determination always waited.

Using metaphors, the director symbolized the loss of identity by papers thrown into the water or the Spanish flag torn to highlight  the attachment of Sahrawis to their country and identity.

During the debates at the end of the screening, Nayat Abdeslam defended his choice to focus on the stateless people of Spain as a former colonizer, not France or Belgium or elsewhere.

For his part, the ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in Algeria, Abdelkader Taleb Aomar, said that statelessness is a “temporary means” to overcome the circumstance and defend Saharawi identity.

He rightly recalled that the “Bidun hawiya” projection coincides with the holding in Geneva on 5 and 6 December of an “initial round table” to try to revive negotiations on Western Sahara.

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