The sun is so scorching in Algeria’s Dakhla camp – over the border from the disputed territory of Western Sahara – that equipment, including solar panels, can melt in the heat.
The wind is so strong that it can blow down tents and families are forced to shelter in concrete toilet blocks.
But the Western Sahara International Film Festival (FiSahara) has drawn Hollywood stars, like James Bond film actor Javier Bardem, to what residents call the end of the earth.
They have come to hear the stories of the Saharawi people, whose 40-year struggle to call Western Sahara home again would otherwise be completely buried.
The African Union recognises the independence of Western Sahara, but most of it remains under the control of Morocco, which annexed it in 1975 after Spanish colonial forces pulled out.
Morocco maintains it has a historical claim to the territory and has offered it a degree of autonomy.
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Source : BBC,