Western Sahara—A Deserted People

A documentary by Peadar King, presented by Irish Arts Center and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights


$12 general / $10 members 25-minute screening followed by talkback and audience Q&A

Mon, Nov 6, 2017



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2015 | Ireland | 30 mins. | Recommended for ages 15+

 A story of a deserted people and a testimony to human resilience.

Set in the searing heat of the refugee camps in the desert of Algeria and in the occupied Western Sahara, Western Sahara—A Deserted People tells the compelling and moving story of how the Sahrawi people’s lives have been framed by poverty and injustice over their 40-year-long displacement. First presented by RTÉ, this documentary illustrates an indifferent world, exposing the human consequences of global economic inequalities, a hostile political environment, and human rights violations.

Following the screening, David McKean from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will join producer Peadar King in conversation.

About the Show 

What in the World? is a documentary series which aims to raise greater public awareness on a range of global development and human rights issues. Presented by Peadar King, this series illustrates the human consequences of global economic inequalities and human rights violations, by focusing on how people encounter these issues on a daily basis.

“Terrific and moving”
The Irish Times

“Illuminating and insightful”Irish Independent

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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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