Amussu + Interview Event

Nadir Bouhmouch & Movement on Road '96 / Morocco 2018 / 1h40m / Tamazight with English subtitles / 12

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In Imider, Southeastern Morocco, a rapacious silver mine has siphoned water from local  aquifers  for  decades, drying out the almond groves belonging to an Amazigh community. Fearing their fragile oasis might disappear and their livelihoods destroyed, the villagers peacefully rebelled in 2011 and shut down a major water pipeline heading towards the mine. Eight years  later, they continue  to resist  in  a  protest  camp which  has  now  turned  into  a  small  solar-powered village. Dozens have been  arrested  for  taking  part in  what  the  villagers have  dubbed  “Amussu  xf  Ubrid  n  ’96”  (Movement  on Road ’96). Nevertheless, the resilient women, men and children of the village continue to resist with the little means they have - songs, weekly assemblies, a flimsy camera, a film festival and endless ingenuity.

Amussu was made through a unique production method inspired by both Latin American revolutionary filmmaking practices of the 1960s (Grupo  Ukamau, Third Cinema) as well as indigenous Amazigh models of  direct democracy. Inscribed  within  the  struggle  of the very subjects it films, Amussu strives to establish a bottom-up and participatory method that places marginalised communities - in particular children, unemployed youth and women - at the heart of the filmmaking process, allowing direct expression and making them active participants as opposed to passive subjects.


We spoke to Naima OUCHTOUBANE about the film. Naima is an activist of the Imider protest movement and works with Imider women in a literacy program. She is also one of the producers of Amussu, which was produced collaboratively. Read the interview here.

Past Showings

Saturday 21st August 2021 / 12pm - for 48 hours / Online

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This event is part of our programme We Get Shot With Silent Bullets (20 - 22 August).