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Western Sahara Documentary 'Amasotsha' From South African Filmmakers

Amasotsha The Documentary on Western Sahara from three South African filmmakers who traveled to the 2012 FISAHARA Festival.


Amasotsha is the documentary effort of three South African creatives (Lebogang Rasethaba, Mbuso Ndlovu and Botshelo Motuba) who travelled to the 2012 edition of the FiSahara Festival (Festival Internacional de Cine del Sahara) – the decade-spanning cinematic project of the Western Sahara's Saharawi people. Deemed "the world's most remote film festival" by the Guardian, FiSahara serves as the visually striking backdrop for an exposé on the continent's remaining colony, Western Sahara (currently colonized by the Moroccan regime), and its Saharawi people. Most importantly, the filmmakers hope to shed light on a "solidarity movement between South Africa, Algeria and Western Sahara, and an ongoing plea for the autonomy of the people of Western Sahara." Watch the Amasotsha trailer below.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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