The festival offers refugees and international guests excitement and windows into forgotten worlds, writes Stefan Simanowitz.
Articles by Stefan Simanowitz
Stefan Simanowitz recalls the story of Reg Keys and a very special 2005 election campaign.
- May 7, 2015
Recent coverage shows that lessons from Iraq have been forgotten, says Stefan Simanowitz.
- September 6, 2013
Stefan Simanowitz reports from Baalbek and Tripoli on fears that life for locals and refugees will become less secure.
- June 3, 2013
Ahead of this weekend’s talks between Iran and the P5 + 1 countries, Stefan Simanowitz intercepts a letter from George W. Bush to President Obama.
- April 12, 2012
Chronic malnutrition fails to capture headlines, but is no less devastating for that, says Stefan Simanowitz.
- February 17, 2012
On the eve of a ninth round of UN-sponsored negotiations, Stefan Simanowitz assesses the chances of a resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara.
- February 8, 2012
Despite being wanted by Interpol, the former Egyptian finance minister, Youssef Boutros-Ghali, is spotted at a lecture in London, reports Stefan Simanowitz.
- January 11, 2012
Stefan Simanowitz reports on the mood surrounding the elections in Cairo.
- November 29, 2011
Stefan Simanowitz argues the IAEA’s latest report, while increasing mutual distrust, is neither a smoking gun nor a game-changer.
- November 9, 2011
Stefan Simanowitz spends a week with the protesters in New York.
- October 14, 2011
Actor Javier Bardem this week called on the UN to end human rights abuses in the former Spanish colony, reports Stefan Simanowitz from New York.
- October 6, 2011
Jeremy Corbyn MP and Stefan Simanowitz look at the prospects for a resolution of one of the world’s longest running conflicts.
- September 14, 2011
Stefan Simanowitz comments on the weakening of Iran’s pro-democracy Green Movement and the tensions over the country’s alleged nuclear ambitions.
- June 17, 2011
Stefan Simanowitz reports from Tindouf, Algeria, where the world’s remotest film festival took place last week.
- May 12, 2011
Stefan Simanowitz reflects on his preparations for reporting on the British Royal Wedding for Al Jazeera.
- April 28, 2011
As France bans the burqa, Stefan Simanowitz considers the increased intolerance to the ‘other’ in our modern world.
- April 15, 2011
The world’s remotest film festival, held in a refugee camp in the Sahara desert, has been presented in London.
- March 28, 2011
Professor Noam Chomsky is in Britain as part of his European tour. Stefan Simanowitz went to see him.
- March 11, 2011
Stefan Simanowitz looks at the ‘responsibility to protect’ principle and assesses the extent to which the ICC referral might have backfired.
- March 10, 2011
Morocco’s exploitation of Western Sahara’s fish stocks in choppy waters.
- March 1, 2011
Stefan Simanowitz considers the implications of recent events in Egypt and the whole region.
- February 16, 2011
Stefan Simanowitz assesses prospects for a peaceful partition of Sudan and the importance of international recognition.
- February 8, 2011
Second time round, we perhaps shouldn’t be surprised at Tony Blair’s performance. Stefan Simanowitz reports from the Iraq Inquiry.
- January 26, 2011
Twenty years after the UN ceasefire – what does the future hold?
- January 17, 2011
The appearance of IndoLeaks - a Wikileaks copycat site - has led to speculation that documents may emerge to throw light some of the darkest periods of Indonesia’s history. Stefan Simanowitz reports.
- December 15, 2010
Our leaders would have us believe it’s a simple matter of al-Qaeda extremism, but the West may be complicit.
- November 10, 2010
Demonstrators evicted as Moroccan security forces move in to ‘protest city’.
- November 10, 2010
Saharawis protest on the streets of Western Sahara.
- October 4, 2010
Stefan Simanowitz reports from Algiers.
- September 28, 2010
Somaliland voters recently braved terrorist threats against ‘the Devil’s practice’ and flocked to the polling booths. Stefan Simanowitz reports on elections in Somaliland, a country that ‘does not exist’.
- July 7, 2010
The death of a journalist mars Cameroon’s 50th anniversary independence festivities. Stefan Simanowitz reports from Yaounde.
- May 26, 2010
Hunger-striking human rights activist arrives home in Western Sahara. Jeremy Corbyn and Stefan Simanowitz report.
- December 21, 2009
Brian Eno and Stefan Simanowitz uncover the background to the month-long hunger strike of Nobel Peace Prize activist, Aminatou Haidar.
- December 16, 2009
On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Stefan Simanowitz reports from Western Sahara on the wall that has separated a nation for 29 years.
- November 10, 2009
Exactly 34 years after a ruling by the ICJ recognized the Saharawi’s right to self-determination, British MPs gathered to call for the release of seven human rights defenders in Morocco. Stefan Simanowitz was there.
- October 19, 2009
For a week each May, a desolate refugee camp plays host to the Sahara International Film Festival, helping to raise awareness of the plight of ‘Africa’s last colony’. Stefan Simanowitz reports.
- May 20, 2009
Stefan Simanowitz reports from West Africa on the struggle of the Tuareg.
- March 26, 2009