Director: Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw
Country: Australia and US
Year: 2009
Running Time: 78 min
Language: Spanish, Hassaniya, and English

Stolen, Violeta Ayala & Daniel Fallshaw, 2009, Australia/US, 78 min.

Ayala and Fallshaw thought they were making a feel-good documentary about family reunions in Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony in North Africa, much disputed by its neighbors. But the filmmakers stumbled on something altogether more politically pungent and found themselves at the center of a huge international controversy, involving modern day slavery.

About the Director

Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw

D andVBiography: Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw created United Notions Film, a production company that develops and produces thought-provoking media. Ayala and Fallshaw began working together when they traveled to Mauritania in 2005 and made Between the Oil and the Deep Blue Sea, an investigative documentary about international corruption in the oil industry. In 2006 they went to the Sahara desert and shot Stolen, a feature film that uncovers racial-based slavery in a UN-monitored refugee camp. The film sparked worldwide controversy when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009, described by The Variety Review as “pacy, exciting and hugely engrossing”. Stolen was shown in more than 80 festivals worldwide, winning many awards including Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival 2010 in LA, Grand Prix at Art of the Document Film Festival 2010 in Warsaw and Best Film at Festival Internacional de Cine de Cuenca, Ecuador 2010.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stolen (2011).

Proyecto Vila Vila (2005 – Violeta Ayala);
Between the Oil and the Deep Blue Sea (2006);
A Vegan in the Meat Aisle (2007);
Stolen (2009);
Cocaine Prison (2013 – Violeta Ayala);
The Bolivian Case (2013 – Violeta Ayala).

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