Wednesday 17.11 at 6pm: The Western Sahara conflict & Saharawi women with Maima Mahamud & J.M.Salvatierra

Dear friend of Arkadia, You are warmly invited to an open discussion and documentary screening (“ A bird that brings luck” by J.M.Salvatierra, on the Western Sahara conflict on Wednesday 17.11 at 6pm. The open discussion will centre on Saharawi women with the participation of Maima Mahamud, representative of the Polisario Front in Finland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. The talk will be moderated by documentary film director J.M.Salvatierra. The talk will be in English but questions can be answered in Spanish. Warm regards, Ian www.arkadiabookshop.fiEntrance is free and green tea will be served. A donation of €2 (or more!) is suggested and would be very welcome. Discussion and documentary screening at Arkadia: 17. 11. 2010 Open discussion and documentary screening on Western Sahara conflict @ Arkadia International bookshop 18.00 – 18.15 Welcome and introduction to Western Sahara by JM Salvatierra 18.15 – 18.45 Premiere in Finland of “The Looking-Glass Bird” a documentary short movie directed by Hache and JM Salvatierra. : Synopsis: Bubisher, besides meaning “a bird that brings luck”, is a lorry loaded with Spanish literature that serves the Saharawi refugee camps of Tindouf. Seeing how two cultures communicate through short stories and tales might seem paradoxical, but so is the contrast between the efforts of a young generation of women to overcome the odds and the reality of life in the desert. 18.45 – 19.30 Open discussion about Saharawi women with the participation of Maima Mahamud, representative of POLISARIO Front in Finland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. Moderated by JM Salvatierra. José M. Sánchez (aka JM Salvatierra) born in 1983 in Algeciras, Spain. He has graduated in Audiovisual Communication from URJC, Madrid where he worked in documentaries, short movies and promotional videos. In 2006 he moved to Helsinki (Finland) where he continues working in various audiovisual productions, focusing in the post production and script writing. Currently, he is a young entrepreneur working on different video projects and supports the Saharawi cause. Maima Mahamud born in 1972 in the occupied territory of Western Sahara, Argub in Dakhla. She arrived to the refugee camps in Tindouf in 1979 after years of war and persecution of her family in her former country. In 1982 she moved out to Cuba where she studied Telecommunications Engineering and came back to the camps 13 years later. She continued her studies in Spain and Italy and worked defending the Saharawi refugees rights since mid-90s. Nowadays, she is the representative of the POLISARIO Front in Finland, Estonia and Latvia. She speaks Arabic, Spanish, English and French fluently. Tuemme Sahrawi-kanssa – Suomi: Clip from the documentary: Recent news about the conflict: