Mariem Hassan, la voz del Sáhara

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Mariem Hassan, la voz del Sáhara
Marieum Hassan, la voz del Sahara.jpg
Directed by Manuel Domínguez
Produced by Canalmicro S. L., Manuel Domínguez
Screenplay by Manuel Domínguez
Starring Mariem Hassan
Music by Mariem Hassan
Edited by Sonia Marques, Manuel Domínguez
Release dates
Running time
55 minutes
Country Spain

Mariem Hassan, la voz del Sáhara (Mariem Hassan: the Voice of the Sahara) is a 2007 documentary film directed by Manuel Domínguez.[1]


Mariem Hassan is the voice of the Sahara, the voice of the desert. Worshipped by the Saharaui in exile, Mariem Hassan inspires hope to those who still live in the territories occupied by Morocco. An intelligent woman with an awe-inspiring voice, she has managed to take traditional Saharaui music to the 21st century.[2] The documentary records the many ups and downs of Mariem's life.[3] It reveals her as a "courageous and enduring character who has become one of the most charismatic and respected singers of the world music scene".[4]

To make the documentary, director Manuel Dominguez accompanied Mariem Hassan on her travels with a camera, selecting from all of her concerts and recordings. His narrative captures the excitement of each "agarit" (cry of the desert). We see her at the ETNOSOI Festival in Helsinki in 2004, in Les Escales, France, where the concert was transformed into a party with the Tuareg groups that joined the performance, in a theater in Liège singing "Do not abandon me," two days before enduring an operation for cancer, and in recordings made in the desert in Saharawi camps.[5]


The Director, Manuel Dominguez, founded the Nubenegra record company in Madrid in 1994. Starting with Spanish and Cuban music, the company soon extended its range to new types of music from places such as Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Buissau, Western Sahara, Brazil and the Sudan.[6] In 1998 Nubenegra published Mariem Hassan's album "Polisario Vencerá", first released in 1982. Since then Nubenegra has released several of her albums, starting with "Mariem Hassan con Leyoad" (2002).[7] As well as directing the documentary Mariem Hassan, la voz del Sáhara, Manuel Dominguez supplied archival footage of Mariem's career and assisted in the production of the TV show Mariem Hassan: Voice of the Saharwis.[8]


  1. ^ "World Music Films. Complete Film List". World Music Films. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mariem Hassan, the voice of the Sahara". FCAT. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Mariem Hassan: the Voice of the Sahara". Australian Center for the Moving Image. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Mariem Hassan: the Voice of the Sahara" (PDF). Melbourne Filmoteca. Retrieved March 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "El documental Mariem Hassan la voz del Sahara se estrena en FISAHARA". POEMARIO POR UN SAHARA LIBRE. April 5, 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  6. ^ "NUBENEGRA". Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  7. ^ "MARIEM HASSAN". Nubenegra. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  8. ^ "Mariem Hassan: Voice of the Saharwis". LinkTV. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 

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