La Badil

15 mins  |  2012  |  16:9
Producer, director, camera & editor

La Badil (No Other Choice), was filmed undercover in the Moroccan occupied territories of Western Sahara on the eve of the second anniversary of the uprisings that marked the start of the Arab Spring.

In 2010, over 15,000 indigenous Sahrawis had formed a peaceful protest camp in the desert resisting Moroccan rule, but it failed to draw the international media’s attention. When the camp was eventually broken up by Moroccan security forces, four civilians and eleven police officers were killed. Since then, Moroccan authorities have undertaken an intense campaign to quell rising independence sentiment and silence those that dare to speak out about the right to self-determination of the Sahrawis.

La Badil explores the issues behind Morocco’s ongoing occupation and the situation on the ground for the Sahrawi living under their rule.

The film has screened at over 20 film festivals around the world, and was shortlisted for the Best Documentary award at the 2013 Portobello Film Festival, London. DVD copies of La Badil available here