Saturday 9 October 4:45pm


77 mins

Director: Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw Country: Australia
Writer: Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw Original Format: HD
Dir. of Photography: Dan Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala Print Source: United Notions Film
Producer: Tom Zubrycki, Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw, Deborah Dickson
Cast: N/A

Film Details

London Premiere

Short Synopsis:

A controversial documentary following the family reunion of a refugee which spirals out of control.


Every week the UN organises family reunions in refugee camps across Western Sahara. Fetim is a young mother of three, who filmmakers Daniel Fallshaw and Violeta Ashawa document as she attempts to organise the week long reunion with her mother. In what starts as a feel-good family reunion, she discusses life in the camps and reluctantly delves into a forbidden subject, one of modern day slavery, and the enslavement of the black community. The camera quickly turns on the two Australian filmmakers as they try to discuss the issue with the UN refugee agency and soon afterwards are pursued by the Polisario front police who attempt to scolder the camp in the search of their hidden tapes.

Fascinatingly shot, what started as a simple reunion turns into a story which takes the took filmmakers escaping to the country whilst being followed into France. What makes Stolen an even more important document, is the issues which ensued after the film’s premiere in Sydney, with the Polisario flying out the protagonists to protest against the filmmakers and stating they were forced into lying. Since then Polisario Front have tried to block screenings of the film, with several dropping it as a result and most recently a festival in Norway was taken to court over the right to screen the film.


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All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street