In the spring of 2011, as the Libyan revolution erupted, the world's cameras turned to Benghazi and Misrata - cities in the country's east coast.

But the fighters who were to storm Tripoli did not come from Benghazi or Misrata.

They were part of a quieter rebellion, in the country's mountainous West, populated by the Berber minority, long persecuted by Gaddafi.

Like the fighters in the East, they were bolstered by volunteers returning from the Libyan diaspora - in particular from Manchester, England.

In June 2011, three film-makers traveled to the Western mountains to document the then little-understood Western rebellion, and the British Libyans who had left home comforts behind for the trauma of war.

Just like the Berbers, who had suffered patiently under Gaddafi for so long, they held the high but uncertain ideal of freedom - and were prepared to give everything for it.

These were the people to whom Gaddafi's compound fell, just two months later.


Camera & Edit
Phil Caller
Alexander Niakaris

Tom Dale

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