Wilaya (film)

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Cartel wilaya.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Pedro Pérez Rosado
Produced by Jose María Morales
Written by Pedro Pérez Rosado
Starring Nadhira Mohamed,
Memona Mohamed,
Aziza Brahim,
Ainina Sidagmet,
Mohamed Mouloud
Distributed by Wanda Visión
Release date(s)
Running time 88 minutes
Language Hassaniya

Wilaya (Arabic: ولاية‎, also known as Tears of Sand[1]) is a 2011 Spanish film directed by Pedro Pérez Rosado. The film is a minimalist drama about a Sahrawi refugee family suddenly confronted with the death of the mother and the return of the younger sister, who had lived most of her life in Spain, reflecting the separation of many Sahrawi families.


Fatimetu is a Sahrawi girl who returned for the burial of her mother to the Sahrawi refugee camps, after 16 years living in Spain. Her older brother Jatri announced Fatimetu that her mothers last will was that she had inherited the familiar jaima (tent) and the responsibility of taking care of her sister Hayat, who is handicapped. Fatimetu accepted reluctantly the responsibility, as she barely can take care of herself. She bought an old pickup truck and find work transporting goods between the camps (wilayas), but Fatimetu is torn between life in the desert and the memories of her foster family and friends in Spain. Wilaya is the story of two sisters who come together after spending 16 years separated by two different cultures who will have to adapt to survive and find their own identities.[2][3]

Main cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Sahrawi actresses Aziza Brahim and Memona Mohamed, during a press conference presentation of the movie "Wilaya", at the 10th Human rights film festival in San Sebastián, Spain, 26 April 2012
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival New Horizons Competition Best Actress (Memona Mohamed, winner)[4]
  • Malaga Film Festival Gold Biznaga Best Film (nominee)[5]
  • Malaga Film Festival Silver Biznaga Best Original Soundtrack (Aziza Brahim, winner)[6]
  • Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival Gold Djed Feature Film Competition (winner)[7]
  • Algiers International Film Festival Best Fiction Feature Film Competition (nominee)[8]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Film (nominee)[9]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Revelation Actress (nominee)[10]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Production Coordinator (nominee)[10]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Film Editing (nominee)[10]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Costume Designer (nominee)[10]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Sound (nominee)[10]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Director (nominee)[10]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Original Screenplay (nominee)[10]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Original Song (nominee)[10]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Cinematographer (nominee)[10]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Artistic Director (nominee)[10]
  • 27th Goya Awards Best Revelation Actress (nominee)[10]

Filming locations[edit]

The film was shot entirely at the Sahrawi refugee camps located in Tinduf, Algeria.


  1. ^ "Tears of Sand (Lagrimas De Arena)". Abudhabifilmfestival.ae. Retrieved 08-10-2012. 
  2. ^ "Panorama - Wilaya". Berlinale.de. Retrieved 08-10-2012. 
  3. ^ "Panorama Internacional- Wilaya". ficg.mx. Retrieved 08-10-2012. 
  4. ^ "New Horizons Competition - Best Actress (split prize) – Memona Mohamed, Tears of Sand (Spain)". Abudhabifilmfestival.ae. Retrieved 08-10-2012. 
  5. ^ "Sección Oficial a Concurso: Wilaya". Festivaldemalaga.com. 2012-04-24. Retrieved 08-10-2012.  (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Palmarés oficial del 15 Festival de Málaga. Cine Español". Festivaldemalaga.com. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 08-10-2012.  (Spanish)
  7. ^ "Awards - Feature Film Competition". Luxorfilmfest.com. Retrieved 08-10-2012. 
  8. ^ "Saharawi people’s hardships highlighted at Algiers International Film Festival". Sahara Press Service. Retrieved 11-12-2012. 
  9. ^ "Premios Goya 2013". Premios-goya.fotogramas.es. Retrieved 08-10-2012.  (Spanish)
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Las Candidaturas - Wilaya". Premiosgoya.academiadecine.com. Retrieved 09-01-2013.  (Spanish)