Several years later, a protest camp has been established around the pipeline, as the villagers continue to suffer at the hands of industry and the local authorities. Violence and arrests are par for the course, but director Nadir Bouhmouch concentrates on the atmosphere of quiet resolve at the protest camp, where major concerns about the future are part of everyday life. “We don’t even know if we exist in the eyes of the government,” remarks an elderly man.

Nowadays, music and theater are used in new and more peaceful forms of protest. While it doesn’t look like the anonymous forces are going to yield anytime soon, this resilient community isn’t planning to back down, either.