Stolen

Genre : Political
Type : Documentary
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2009
Format : Feature

What starts out for filmmakers Violeta Ayala and Daniell Fallshaw as a family reunion in a refugee camp in Algeria turns into a dangerous political game. Initially, the documentary filmmakers concentrate on the story of Fetim and her family, who live in the refugee camps run by the Polisario Liberation Front. The more the family tells about everyday life, the more painfully clear it becomes that the camp is in the grip of a great taboo: slavery. When asked, the Polisario authorities say "that everyone is equal under the law." They are less than pleased about the news that Ayala and Fallshaw want to share with the world. Following a detainment by the Polisario, the filmmakers flee and bury the tapes they have recorded in the desert. They then go on a long journey that takes them to Paris, Mauritania, New York, and Morocco. Stolen has since become the subject of a great deal of commotion. Fetim has stated her words were wrongly interpreted, and she says she has been used to make up a story about slavery. The filmmakers believe that the Polisario tried to block the film and are now attempting to undermine their story.

Directors: Daniel Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala
Photography: Daniel Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala
Screenplay: Daniel Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala
Editing: Daniel Fallshaw
Sound: Daniel Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala
Music: John McDowell
Narration: Daniel Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala
Production: Tom Zubrycki for BIC Productions, Daniel Fallshaw for United Notions Film, Deborah Dickson for Blackbird Films, Violeta Ayala for United Notions Film
World Sales: The Film Sales Company, Andrew Herwitz for The Film Sales Company
Screening copy: United Notions Film
Festival Handling: Violeta Ayala for United Notions Productions

Available versions: color / black and white/HD/78'
Languages: Spanish, Hassiniya, English
Subtitling: English

Festivals / Awards:
IDFA / 2009
Toronto International Film Festival / 2009
Melbourne International Film Festival / 2009
Sydney Film Festival / 2009

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