While documenting here in the Sahrawi, I have made an effort to collect thoughts from various inhabitants, on how best to represent their story. At the beginning I was not really convinced about the legacy of my place in this foreign land where I see myself as an outsider in many ways.
My documentation emphasizes the stories (experiences) of ordinary people. Last year I conducted a photo-exhibition in the camps where the local people had a chance to see and react to their own photos. Looking at their different reactions as they participated in selecting and picking up a copy of their own pictures, i began to understand that even in the midst of their much anticipated Independence the people want to experience the joy of the moment. The second exhibition was in Tifariti (liberated zone). Here we hang the pictures on the tents of the POLISARIO soldiers. The soldiers actively participated, the open space was accessible to especially the foreigners at the 13th Congreso in between the intervals of the Political activities. One of the soldiers who had passionately helped us hung up the photos could not hide his excitement for the fact that one of the exhibited photos had his girl friend on it. Several times he paused against the picture so i could photograph him displaying her, and i proudly took the souvenir picture. Even in the midst of the intense political atmosphere the soldiers could afford a light moment, and share their own dreams. In my presentation i will try to demonstrate how we as outsiders can sometimes be caught between a cliché, and trying to represent a story as it is; given a complex scenario like Sahrawi. I would like to make the case that while the heated Political campaign is justified, the ordinary Sahrawi spirit is also still alive in their culture and day to day life. One of the concerns that the Sahrawi people expressed is the sense that the United Nations and the global powers are not interested enough in the Sahrawi cause, hence the delay for their independence. In response to this I would like to take this documentary to other parts of the world so that i can contribute to the sensitization process. I would like to document the reactions of the audiences where ever this exhibition/documentary will go, and then at a later date return to show the Sahrawi people how the people outside responded to their story. I am convinced that the strongest weapon the Sahrawi have is the uniqueness of their historical and cultural background. I will attempt to make a fair presentation of their story so as to win the heart and minds of the outside world and inspire positive hope in the Sahrawi.
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