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STOLEN

Australia, 2009 (MIFF 2009, States of Dissent)

Director: Violeta Ayala, Daniel Fallshaw

What began as an unassuming documentary has taken on the fate of a cause célèbre.

Initially begun as a film about family reunion in a western Saharan refugee camp, the production suddenly takes a complete twist into an expose of slavery. This film will spark debate, not only about the issues, but also about the process of documentary filmmaking, particularly since the protagonist has now denounced the film.

With all the intrigue of a tense political thriller the filmmaker's investigations become a game of cat and mouse as they are eventually forced to flee the region and bury their camera tapes in the desert. You won't want to miss the extended question and answer session at the conclusion of this screening.

D/S Violeta Ayala, Daniel Fallshaw P Tom Zubrycki WS BIC Productions L English, Spanish, Hassaniya w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009

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