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Dajla: cinema and oblivion

Life is going on in Dakhla, one of the Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria, forgotten for 45 years. The celebration of a film festival, the Fisahara, breaks the monotony. The event ends, life (and oblivion) continues.

Our Review

This is such a beautiful film showing the life at Sahrawi refugee camps. The shots are absolutely stunning and all the day to day activities of the people at Dakhla is captured so naturally. Sound captured by Miguel Sánchez González is brilliant. He creates that real atmosphere through his sound. This film shows how people at the camp eat, play, go to school, play, sleep, work hard, survive and so much more in beautiful shots. The people living in those camps have nothing but still have so much contentment. The film festival brings a change to their routine but it is short lived. This a brilliant film that is worth a watch!

Director Biography - Arturo Dueñas

Arturo Dueñas (Esguevillas de Esgueva, Valladolid, Spain, 1962). Bachelor of Arts, Qualified in Cinematography and Filmmaking Course at the New York Film Academy. Full member of the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain. Actor, director, producer, editor and scriptwriter in several short films, he has produced and directed the feature films Amateurs (Aficionados, 2011), selected and awarded in over 30 international festivals, Corsairs (Corsarios, 2015), Mission: Sahara (Misión: Sáhara, 2016), Built lands (Tierras construidas, 2019) and Pessoas (Pessoas, 2020).


  • Arturo Dueñas Director

  • Arturo Dueñas Writer

  • Arturo Dueñas Producer

  • Álvaro Sanz Pascual DoP

  • Miguel Sánchez González Sound


  • Project Title (Original Language): Dajla: cine y olvido

  • Project Type: Documentary

  • Runtime: 15 minutes

  • Completion Date: October 1, 2020

  • Production Budget: 10,000 USD

  • Country of Origin: Spain

  • Country of Filming: Western Sahara

  • Language: Arabic, English, Spanish

  • Shooting Format: Digital

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: No

  • Student Project: No

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