New York- The documentary produced by Spanish Oscar-award-winner Javaier Bardem, which was launched at the end of last fall, in which he gives a one-sided outlook on the issue of the Sahara, stirred uproar among Moroccans. The Spanish actor turned all of a sudden into one of the most vocals supporters of the Polisario, giving more often than not an oversimplified reading of the conflict. By denouncing the purported human rights abuses committed against the Saharawi population in the Sahara, Javier Bardem joined the plethora of Spanish artists, intellectuals and commentators who spare no efforts to lend their support to the Polisario and demonize Morocco.

Samir Bennis is a political analyst.