Bahrain: the Forbidden Country

A film by Stéphanie Lamorré
First broadcast June 12, 2012

3 destinies, 3 perspectives, from the forbidden country of the Arab Revolution. A country that has been forgotten by the West. These images are extremely rare. Outstanding, clandestinely filmed footage.

In the last year, the repression has caused more than 70 deaths. That is a lot for this small country with a population of 600,000, run by the Al Khalifa royal family. The people of Bahrain are demanding the same thing as the Syrians, Egyptians and Tunisians – democracy and freedom. But the rest of the world seems convinced that nothing is happening in Bahrain. Yet every day for the last year, men and women have been taking to the streets and risking their lives for their common aspiration: freedom and democracy.

For one month, Stéphanie Lamorré secretly filmed the violently suppressed demonstrations in the heart of besieged districts. She brought back the story of her immersion, through the perspective of three women. Nafissa, Maryam and Hawora are courageous activists, who explain how their revolution is being made invisible. They explain how they organize insurrection against the authorities and do all they can to have it recognized.