Recommendations for further understanding around the subject / theme:
Fronteira da Grandeza – Brazil – Dodge Billingsley Combat Film & Research (72 mins)
An original documentary film that tells the storied history of Brazil’s national expansion and current efforts to secure its borders. From Iguaçu to the edges of the Amazon and through the centers of power in Brasília and São Paulo, see this vast country anew and learn from Brazilian voices why its people see a bright future amidst challenges–including those that come across its borders.
Life is Waiting: Western Sahara – film by Cultures of Resistance Films (58 mins)
‘More than four decades after its people were promised freedom by departing Spanish rulers, Western Sahara remains Africa’s last colony. This film chronicles the everyday violence experienced by Sahrawis living under Moroccan occupation and voices their struggle for self-determination through creative resistance and non-violence.’
Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara – A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony – by Democracy Now!
In this exclusive broadcast, Democracy Now! breaks the media blockade and goes to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco’s violent crackdown.
One Day in Gaza (58 mins) BBC iPlayer – Date: 14th May 2018 – US Embassy opens in Jerusalem.
Polisario Front* – Western Sahara – posing as Toy Soldiers by Simon Brann Thorpe (The Sunday Times Magazine) 10.5.15
Polisario Front*….. “politico-military organization striving to end Moroccan control of the former Spanish territory of Western Sahara, in North-Western Africa, and win independence for that region. The Polisario Front is composed largely of the indigenous nomadic inhabitants of the Western Sahara region, the Sahrawis.” Encyclopaedia Britannica.
‘Laurie Taylor explores the control of national borders. He talks to Nira Yuval Davis, Director of the research centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London and co-author of a new book which asks why borders have moved from the margins into the centre of political life and turned many ordinary citizens into untrained border guards.’
Out of Eden Walk – Paul Salopek / National Geographic – Border crossings
‘Paul Salopek’s 21,000-mile odyssey is a decade-long experiment in slow journalism. Moving at the beat of his footsteps, Paul is walking the pathways of the first humans who migrated out of Africa in the Stone Age and made the Earth ours.’
‘The West’, is in fact, the world’s biggest gated community.
‘A review of the global ‘wall’ that divides rich from poor’. Frank Jacobs, Big Think 12th October 2019.