Directed by Luc Vrydaghs • Documentary • 2017 • 26 minutes
We meet 6 populations in transition via the microcosm of the local barber shop.
SMARA REFUGEE CAMP / ALGERIA
Set in the Western Sahara, Barber Shop Algeria tells the story of the last colony in Africa: since Morocco illegally annexed the territory of the Sahrawi, this nomad population has been living in refugee camps along a long Moroccan wall built in the middle of the desert. For generations, the Sahrawi have been fighting to reclaim their land.
In Smara refugee camp, barber Mohammed treats customers of different generations: old men that initiated the resistance, young men who prefer modern life over a seemingly useless battle, and children, who need to learn the real reasons for the theft of the Sahrawi’s land…