Sons of the Clouds - The Last ColonyHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Alvaro Longoria partners with Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem for his directorial debut, Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony. This compelling documentary brings to light the political and human rights issues facing the people of the Western Sahara and the responsibility of Western powers in the effort to restore peace to the region. The film examines the current political turmoil and the failed policies, namely realpolitik, which has generated tremendous instabilities. A personal journey for Bardem, the film focuses on the bleak reality of the Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony that is now occupied, in part, by Morocco and has resulted in almost 200,000 refugees living in camps in the desert.
Exciting and informational
Very well done doc… exposes a large issue
an eye opener on a neglected crisis
The plight of Saharawis is truly neglected. This film helps raise awareness on a dilemma and a situation of injustice of a people who deserve so much better. Bardem and Longoria do not pretend to do more than they can. I particularly feel that the French politician interviews are strong and well done.
The sad part of this documentary is that Bardem uses the difficult situation of the people in the Moroccan Sahara to push his extreme-right views. It is true that there is an untold story here. It is the story of a people that have been connected for hundreds of years by their allegiance to Moroccan monarchy, the second-longest serving monarchy in the world (after the British). The untold story is of these people reuniting peacefully (do a web search for "Green March") without a single drop of bloodshed. The untold story is that of these people kept hostage by Algeria (who wants a puppet neighbor to get an Atlantic coastline) with the support of the Spanish right wing (who never got over the decolonization). Every day people escape the refugee camps where they're kept against their will to return to Morocco.
So, yes, there is a tragedy here. However, this film should be called right-wing propaganda, not a documentary.