Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony
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Academy Award winner Javier Bardem stars in this compelling documentary that shines a light on the political and human rights issues facing the people of the Western Sahara. This documentary brings awareness to the conflict in the region and encourages leaders to pursue a resolution.

Attending Film Subject Bios

Aminetu Haidar
Aminatou Haidar is a Saharawi human rights activist and an advocate of the independence of Western Sahara and president of the Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA). Known as "Saharawi Gandhi" for her nonviolent protests, she was imprisoned from 1987 to 1991 and from 2005 to 2006 on charges related to her independence advocacy. In 2009, she attracted international attention when she staged a hunger strike after being denied re-entry into Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. Haidar has won several international human rights awards for her work, including the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the 2009 Civil Courage Prize. In 2012 she was nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize.

Stephen Zunes
Professor of Politics and International Studies and the chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco. He is a contributing editor of Tikkun and  chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He is principal editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell Publishers, 1999) and co-author with Jacob Mundy Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution (Syracuse University Press, 2010).