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“Insumisas” selected for the Malaga Film Festival and mujerDOC - International Documentary Film Festival on Gender

Date: 2024 February 26

Seven months after its premiere and more than 25 independent screenings in 9 countries, as well as 18 festivals and exhibitions, the documentary Insumisas. Mujeres en lucha en el Sáhara Occidental arrives at the Malaga Film Festival and the MujerDoc - International Festival of Documentary Films on Gender. In difficult times for the anti-colonial struggle and for all the occupied peoples of the world, Insumisas inspires and pushes us to continue fighting side by side against the oppressions that unite us.

The Malaga Film Festival, which this year celebrates its 27th edition between 1 and 4 March, is one of the most emblematic events for Spanish cinema. Insumisas will be screened on 4 March at 17:00 at the Maria Victoria Atienza Cultural Centre, as part of the section “Affirming Women’s Rights”.

Meanwhile, the mujerDOC - International Documentary Film Festival on Gender, organised by the NGO Mujeres del Mundo and the Soria City Council, has been gaining stature in recent years as an international point of reference for documentary films on the feminist cause. The screenings of this 7th edition of MujerDoc will take place at Cines Mercado from 9 to 16 March and on Filmin from 17 to 31 March.

The presence of Insumisas at these two festivals is a continuation of the dissemination in this circuit that began in 2023. In October, for example, the documentary received the recognition of the festivals Transhumant, in Catalonia, and Cine Invisible “Film Sozialak” in Bilbao, with special mentions. These mentions are in addition to the one obtained in September at the nineteenth edition of the International Human Rights Festival of Sucre (Bolivia) and the award for best short film in the Peace, Memory and Reconciliation category at the Historias en Kilometros International Community Film Festival (Colombia).

Other screenings

At the same time, independent screenings of Insumisas continue to take place, organised by different collectives and institutions. In January and February, the documentary was shown in Catalonia (Barcelona), Madrid (Madrid and Torrejón de Ardoz) and the Basque Country (Bilbao, Igorre, Ormaiztegi and Zumaia), as well as being shown again in Berlin.

In the coming months, screenings will be held in Cordoba (Andalusia); Castro Urdiales, Santander and Torrelavega (Cantabria); Laudio and Tolosa (Basque Country); Getafe (Madrid) and Leitza (Navarre). A screening in Quito (Ecuador) and a series of screenings in different locations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are also being arranged.

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Insumisas. Mujeres en lucha en el Sáhara Occidental is a documentary co-directed by Brazilian Laura Dauden and Colombian Miguel Angel Herrera. It was made by the Hegoa Institute and produced by Forward Films with funding from the Asociación de Entidades Locales Vascas Cooperantes - Euskal Fondoa.

The documentary, based on the research report Que salga todo a la luz (“Bringing it all out in the open”) (Hegoa, 2022), brings to the screen the work of Sahrawi women human rights defenders, led by El Ghalia Djimi, Mina Baali, Soultana Khaya, Jadiyetu El Mohtar and Omeima Mahmud.

It includes four blocks of animations produced by the Leste studio (Brazil), which reflect the gravity and extent of the violence exercised by Morocco against the women, as well as the unwavering strength of these activists to fight for the rights of their people.