Thank you @michelleagmedia
for asking me to speak at the UN with you and Inma last week. It was an incredible experience, a highlight of my still very young career as a storyteller. Here is a small part of the speech I gave as a petitioner in front of the Fourth Commity. « ...Over the past couple of years, my line of documentary work has been mostly focused on human connections and how we can use our stories, the one we have in ourselves and the one we share together to elevate each other, to connect to our own collective humanity. I choose to become a storyteller because I truly believe that each and single one of us have the stories inside our being to help create positive social changes that will help us live in more fair world, a world with no wall , no camps, no censorship. Unfortunately today, many sharawi people can’t own the required tools needed to amplified their own stories.
I have watched and I am currently editing over 50 hours of footage of Inma, our main character as she enters into her first experience in the camp, reconnecting with her ancestors and therefore with a part of her own history. And what I found was extremely powerful,
I didn’t know the pending promess of a referendum is magnifying the proud identity of the younger generation of sharawies,
I didn’t know that there is so much hope in sharawi faces that even the dryness of the camps can’t stop there eyes of always shining,
I didn’t know they have so much faith in a free Sahara that every year, they warmly host the world to run its dunes,
I didn’t know that their dreams of liberation could pierce walls, cross oceans and deeply inspire a Canadian woman,
I didn’t know all of this and now I do. ... Now that we know, now that we acknowledge the fact that a lot of powerful institutions have known for years,
What do we do?
I am asking the UN today, to give the sahrawi people the tools they need and deserve to be able to share their own stories to the world, stories of pain, stories of hardships, stories of hope, stories of love and most importantly aspiring and inspiring stories of people who finally will live in their free land.