April 7, 2016, 5:30pm
Life Is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara
Presenter: Dr. Jacob Mundy, Colgate University
Location: Stiteler Hall B-26, 208 South 37th Street, Philadlephia PA

About the Film

 Learn more about what many have dubbed, “the forgotten occupation”, at the Middle East Center screening of the short documentary, “Life is Waiting”. The film is based on the contested territory of Western Sahara. Forty years after its people were promised freedom by departing Spanish colonialists, Western Sahara remains Africa’s last colony. While the 1991 UN-brokered ceasefire put an end to armed hostilities in the area, the Sahrawi people have continued to live under the Moroccan armed forces' rigid occupation. This film explores the diverse cultures of resistance that have developed within Sahrawi communities in Western Sahara and the hope kept alive through large and small acts of rebellion.

Pre-Screening Talk and Discussion with Special Guest Dr. Jacob Mundy

Dr. Jacob Mundy will provide the audience with an in depth explanation of the geo-political context that surrounds the region. After the screening he will then lead a discussion about the film where audience members will have a chance to examine a more critical look at the conflict.  

About Jacob Mundy

Dr. Jacob Mundy is an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University where he also contributes to courses on Middle Eastern and African studies. He holds a PhD from the University of Exeter's institute of Arab and Islamic Studies where he completed a dissertation on the international dimensions of Algeria's civil conflict of the 1990s. He is coeditor of The Post-Conflict Environment (University of Michigan Press, 2014) and coauthor of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution (Syracuse University Press, 2010). His monograph, Imaginative Geographies of Algerian Violence: Conflict Science, Conflict Management, Anti-politics, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2015.


This event is brought to you by the Middle East Center, the Center for Africana Studies, Perry World House, the Cinema Studies Department and the Political Science Department at Penn