Women are fierce in resistance

Marja Viitahuhta

A music video filmed in the refugee camp of Boujdour in Algeria and in the village of Tifariti in Western Sahara, in collaboration with saharawi refugees, who have been living in exile since 1975. The lyrics of the song, composed and sung by Hadijatu Larusi, speak of the importance of listening to women in the society. The dance of Tarba Baibu in the bottom of the dried-up river bed binds together the images of the everyday life of the sahrawi refugee camps.

Production Year
2020
Duration
00:05:33
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Lamara bennidal shamra
English Title

Women are fierce in resistance

Production Countries
Algeria
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Marja Viitahuhta (Author), Marja Viitahuhta (Cinematographer), Marja Viitahuhta (Director), Marja Viitahuhta (Editor), Marja Viitahuhta (Producer), Marja Viitahuhta (Script), Marja Viitahuhta (Sound Design), Sarah Benamar (Actor), Liasaa Lebsir (Actor), Tarba Baibu (Actor), Hadijatu Larusi (Actor), Yasmine Ouali (Assistant), Ahmed Merzagui (Assistant), Horma Haidar (Assistant), Karim Ammi (Sound Design), Feyssal Iwal (Sound Design), Nesrine Iwal (Sound Design), Tarba Baibu (Sound Design), Hadijatu Larusi (Sound Design), Saleh Elbachra (Translator), Zarga Beirut (Translator)
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Marja Viitahuhta (formerly Mikkonen) is a Helsinki-based media artist and filmmaker. Her works range from films, performances and installations to photography and collage. She holds a BA degree in performance art from the Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy and an MFA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. She has been awarded internationally at Cannes (Cinéfondation), Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Mediawave and L’Alternativa film festivals. Viitahuhta's recurring themes focus on perception and experience of female protagonists. Her works deconstruct individual identities, memories, or the idealised imagery of nations and landscapes. Her work often speaks in an intimate and personal tone and deals with existence and mortality. The text and image are set in a dialogue in Viitahuhta’s experimental language. Viitahuhta often bases her work on documentary filmmaking, archive material and found images as well as interviews.