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Here Africa/5: Interview with Faouzi Bensaïdi

Faouzi Bensaïdi is a Moroccan film director, actor, screenwriter and artistHis film A Thousand Months was screened in Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2011, Death For Sale premiered at the Toronto film Festival. The film was selected as the Moroccan entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. Bensaïdi is among the African artists of Here Africa exhibition.

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Sahara Screenings: World’s Most Remote Film Festival Prepares for Another Run

“Unlike most things planted in the desert, the FiSahara film festival has taken root and continues to grow and flourish,” says Spanish film star Javier Bardem describing the unlikely success of the world’s most remote film festival.

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U.S. Oil Firm Creates Tension over Western Sahara

Washington – Even as U.S. and Moroccan executives meet to discuss strengthening private sector ties between the two countries, advocacy groups are raising concerns about plans by a U.S. energy firm to explore for oil in the contested territory known as Western Sahara.

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Bouteflika and Algeria in search of leadership in the Sahel

Brussels – Abdelaziz Bouteflika – health permitting – will most likely be the main interlocutor for governments in the Sahel  for the next 5 years. The 76-year-old independence veteran has ended months of speculation over his political future by announcing he is running for a fourth term in April’s election after 15 years in office. His victory is easily predictable.

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Western Sahara resource deals stoke territorial tensions

This week, the European Union parliament approved a four-year accord with Morocco allowing its boats to fish in disputed territorial waters off the Western Sahara. Angry demonstrators quickly gathered in towns across the annexed region, claiming Morocco has no right to enter into such treaties on their behalf.

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Marrakech Motorbike Maidens

I visited Morocco last year seeking more of my continent. In the process, I came across women riding motorbikes in Marrakech. I took out my camera and started pushing buttons. I have decided to share some of those photographs with New Yorkers in the form of a quasi-photo exhibit.

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