Far from the media spotlight, nestled on the western reaches of Africa, a bitter drama is daily enacted. For more than forty years, the Saharawi people have lived in desperation, caught in an enforced limbo, imprisoned by circumstance.
Worse perhaps than the stunted existence imposed upon them is the relative obscurity of their plight; while other causes gain celebrity spokespeople and benefit concerts, the Saharawi struggle for liberation is largely forgotten.
Documentary film director, Lara Lee hopes her newly released film, ‘Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara’ will prove some remedy to that; as do the folks hosting this week’s Café Simpatico at 1923 Fernwood Road.
Long-time Victoria-based activist and organizer, Terry Wolfwood will present the Western Canadian premier of ‘Life is Waiting’ this Friday evening. As well as being a writer, photographer, and intrepid world traveler, covering ground from the highlands of Mexico to the apartheid walls of the West Bank, Western Sahara, and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights, Terry is also the Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation. Her articles have featured in Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence amongst other places, and she serves as the local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black.
Terry Wolfwood in the first half.
And; people are not the only creatures wrongly imprisoned for the benefit of others. Though we like to think of ourselves out here on the shores of the majestic Pacific as being capable of appreciating both the immeasurable beauty of the place we live in, and the sanctity of the creatures who share this great privilege with us, there is still here in 2016 a place here where it’s possible to go and see whales kept in swimming pools. What history will make of this we can only guess, but for now there is an effort to bring this practice to an end.
Gary Charbonneau is a Vancouver-based independent filmmaker and entrepreneur. He made news recently for being sued by the Vancouver Aquarium. The people running the Aquarium are seeking an injunction in BC court to have Charbonneau’s film, ‘Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered’ pulled from YouTube, Vimeo and at Charbonneau’s website, claiming he violated their copyright by using materials found on their website.
Gary Charbonneau and the Vancouver Aquarium’s attempts to put the covers on Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of the coming week from our city’s streets, and beyond there too. But first, Terry Wolfwood and ‘Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara.’