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LIFE IS WAITING: Referendum and resistance in Western Sahara

  • NYU Global Center (GCASL) 238 Thompson Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Most people think that colonialism in Africa has ended. But in the territory of Western Sahara, the end of European rule only gave way to a new occupation, this time by Morocco. More than four decades later, the world continues to look the other way as the Sahrawi people face arrests, torture, and disappearances for demanding their independence.

‘Life Is Waiting’, a 2015 film by director Iara Lee, chronicles this struggle. What will it take for the people of Western Sahara to reverse decades of broken promises and gain their freedom? What lessons does Sahrawi resistance offer for nonviolent movements around the world? In Life Is Waiting, join an incredible cast of Sahrawi activists and artists as they offer their answers.

The event is open to the public. Director Iara Lee will be in attendance for a Q&A and discussion with the audience.