Kafana (Enough, Already!)

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Director: Silvia Venegas, Juan Antonio Moreno | Countries of production: Spain | Year: 2015 | Length: 72 min
Language: Spanish with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF16

Western Sahara has been under Moroccan occupation since 1975. Its population, who have endured four decades of forced exile in the most hostile desert region, have been denied self determination despite numerous UN resolutions.

Yet the Saharawi people have built, within their refugee settlements, a democratic self-administration that boasts equal rights for women, religious freedom and universal access to healthcare and education.

Their chemical engineers, pharmacists and other professionals, most of whom have been educated and trained in Spain or Cuba, return to this desert patch out of a deep-rooted sense of duty – and in the hope that their collective struggle will result in independence.

Having survived 40 years of political and environmental hardships, the Sahrawi people have had enough of waiting. Kafana, meaning “Enough, Already!” is their cry of anger – powerfully conveyed in this sober documentary, which offers a stirring testament to their defiance.

Sheffield Doc/Fest, Official selection

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