Luis Leonel León
What do you know about Western Sahara? This film is a journey to the origins, present and future of that territory, through protagonists, witnesses and analysts from different ideological currents, who observe a conflict that has split the desert into two halves, and where the Canary Islands and not a few Spaniards have been involved for almost half a century. Western Sahara or Western Sahara is a region of North Africa located at the western end of the Sahara desert, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the seventeen non-autonomous territories under the supervision of the Special Committee on Decolonization of the United Nations Organization, in order to end colonialism. It was added to the list of non-autonomous territories on December 15, 1960 by resolution 1542 (XV) of the United Nations General Assembly, when it was still a Spanish province. Its decolonization process was interrupted in 1976, when Spain left Western Sahara in the hands of Morocco and Mauritania, after the green march and in accordance with the provisions of the Madrid Agreements (1975), null under international law. The territory is currently occupied mainly by Morocco, which calls it its Southern Provinces, although Moroccan sovereignty is not recognized by the United Nations and is rejected by the Polisario Front, which in 1976 proclaimed the so-called Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. This socialist-inspired rebel group administers the eastern region not controlled by Morocco, which it calls the Free Zone or Liberated Territories. In the conflict zone of Western Sahara, Luis Leonel León shot scenes at the beginning of this century for the feature film "Destinos", produced by ICAIC under the general direction of Guillermo Centeno, about a group of Saharawis who studied university degrees in Cuba and who Upon returning to their country, they faced the drama of not being able to practice professionally. During that trip he filmed interviews for the purpose of making his own documentary on the Sahara conflict. This film was born from that journey. Isidoro Sanchez, who was a representative of the Canary Islands in the European Parliament, also made several trips to the Sahara, especially to the so-called liberated territories and to the Tindouf camps, in the Algerian desert.