Saharan documentary ventures out onto International circuit

“The film explores a collision of cultures, which is all the more revealing in light of the Arab Spring. On this journey they will learn as much about themselves as the people they meet.”

James Fair, Director of "A Saharan Diary"

A Film Technology lecturer is venturing out onto to the international film circuit with his new documentary feature.

“A Saharan Diary”, is the third feature project undertaken by James Fair, Lecturer in Film Technology at Staffordshire University, since he began teaching five years ago.

The film follows a group of unlikely travellers as they make their way overland to the Sahara on three separate trips.

Speaking ahead of its premiere, James said: “The film explores a collision of cultures, which is all the more revealing in light of the Arab Spring. On this journey they will learn as much about themselves as the people they meet.”

“It was a fantastic experience and despite everything that has happened in the Arab Spring recently, I remember feeling very safe and welcomed by everyone who we came into contact with."

Set against incredible landscapes of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya, the film has been shot using consumer video cameras.

“Using these cameras, this documentary shows the Sahara in a way that is rarely depicted onscreen. It is a fascinating region and often overlooked.”

The film was selected to launch the inaugural Solihull Film Festival and will travel to Berlin before returning to Staffordshire at the Stoke Your Fires film festival in February.

The release of the film coincides with the imminent launch of Grand Independent, a company that James has set up with fellow Film Technology lecturer Peter Rudge.

The spin-out company grows on the innovative research that James and Peter have developed from their experiences with the 72 Hour Movie project and “Soulboy”.

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