There will be four Yemeni films shown at the annual MESA conference in New Orleans on Nov. 15 and 16.
10 DAYS BEFORE THE WEDDING (10 AYAM QABL AL-ZAFA)
(Yemen) 2018 120 min. In Arabic w/English subtitles. Director:
Amr Gamal. Producers: Mohsen Al-Khalifi and Amr Gamal.
Print Source: Adenium Productions.
Rasha and Ma’moon, a young Yemeni couple, were set to marry. The war of 2015 prevented their wedding. They try to make it happen in 2018. Again, obstacles appear but it’s not the war, it’s the aftermath.
From having to evacuate their homes and coping with war
dealers controlling their fates to conflicts with militias and the
economic crisis, the couple race with time to make sure the
wedding scheduled in 10 days happens on time.
• Plus a Cineforum with Amr Gamal
• Sponsored by the American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS)
Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 pm
JUST ANOTHER MEMORY (MUJRAD DHIKRA) (Yemen/Qatar)
2018 14 min. Director: Mariam Al-Dhubhani. Producer:
Yassmine Hammoudi. Print Source: Mariam Al-Dhubhani.
Amidst the ongoing war in Yemen, how does one move forward
and heal? How can a person deal with so much suppressed
pain? In this affecting documentary, the filmmakers
investigate these questions and explore what it feels like to be
suddenly uprooted and displaced by war.
Friday, Nov. 15 at 3:40 PM
IN THE MIDDLE (FI AL-MUNTAṢAF) (Yemen) 2019 14 min.
In Arabic w/English subtitles. Director: Mariam Al-Dhubhani.
Producers: Nour Abunabaa and Mohammed Al-Jaberi. Print
Source: Mariam Al-Dhubhani. Even though the fighting in
Aden is over, Yemen’s state of uncertainty persists and lives
remain on hold.
Friday, Nov. 15 at 3:40 PM
YEMEN: THE SILENT WAR (AL-YAMAN: AL-ḤARB
AL-Ṣ MATA) (Yemen/Djibouti) 2018 11 min. In Arabic w/English
subtitles. Director/Producer: Sufian Abolohom. Print
Source: Sufian Abolohom. This short film presents the
small group of Yemeni refugees who have chosen to remain
in the Markazi Refugee camp in Djibouti.
Friday, Nov. 15 at 3:40 PM
British Pathé and Reuters have created an online collection of 216 films, mostly black-and-white, on Yemen. These are short films, generally news reels, that provide a visual history of Yemen in much of the 20th century, both north and south.
Here is an example from 1964 of a Yemeni village…
There are many films on Yemen online. One of these on Vimeo is called “Yemen Diary” and is a short collage by the docu-journalist Matjaz Krivic.
For other films about Yemen on Vimeo, click here.
Given all the negative news about Yemen, here is a refreshing example of the Yemeni dance tradition from Youtube. This is a wedding dance from the region of al-Ḥadā’ in the Dhamār region.
The anthropologist John Kennedy, who wrote an early study (The Flower of Paradise) on the use of qāt in Yemen, also took a number of videos in Ṣanā’ in 1975. Several of these are now online on Youtube. Most deal with making the qamariyya windows, but there is also one on architecture, another on Bab al-Sabāḥ and another on a walk through the old suq. The quality of the filming and its reproduction online is poor, but it is well worth watching. The soundtrack is also a useful guide to the actual sounds and dialogue.
Here are the links:
The Yemeni filmmaker Zakaria Mohammed has recently produced a short film on Yemeni coffeehouses, described on the website al-madaniya and also available on Youtube.
Cafes is a short documentary about Samaser, the old and modern cafes in Sana’a. The film chronicles these spaces in a beautiful and artistic way, and weaves their history, development and social role for the elderly and youth alike. In his film, Zakaria Mohammed focuses on the social and cultural importance of cafes for young men and women who have turned to them because of today’s war and crisis – especially as the country lacks safe spaces and suffers from a decline in leisure and recreational spaces. In addition, they value the facilities and services that these cafes are able to offer, against a background of collapsing public services across the country. Electricity and an Internet connection are among the main services that cafes provide, and that many people across the country have been unable to access at home. In his story, Zakaria oscillates poetically between the past and the present. Through a series of clips he conveys the suffering of his generation to the world, and highlights the ways in which youth resist the circumstances of war and escape their painful reality.
Continue reading here.
Despite the turmoil and suffering in Yemen, a number of Yemeni artists are continuing to write, draw, photograph and film. One of the more exciting online resources for this is the website al-madaniya, published in English and Arabic. Current posts include an article on Muhammad Mahmud al-Zubayri, Art in prehistoric Yemen, Yemeni songs, the poets ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Muqalih and ‘Abd Allah al-Baradduni, several short stories and much more. All the articles are published in Arabic and English, so they are also suitable for anyone interested in learning Arabic.
As note in the “About” section…
al-Madaniya magazine is a platform for Yemeni art, culture and civil society. It aims to highlight and nurture Yemeni art, culture and civil society initiatives through contributions from emerging and established writers, photographers and creatives
The magazine aims to impact the way Yemenis view their own society by providing a space for its cultural, intellectual and artistic productions, and by highlighting initiatives bridging social divisions. By presenting all contributions in both Arabic and English language, the magazine allows the international reader to explore an undiscovered side to Yemen, which differs from images of Yemen created in mainstream media
al-Madaniya magazine is a project implemented by the Yemen Polling Center and made possible by the generous funding of the German Institute of Foreign Affairs. Yemeni artist Ibi Ibrahim has been commissioned to lead the project and serve as the Editor in Chief.
Thanks to the efforts of Tom Stevenson, the new film Yemen: Kids and War, by Khadija al-Salami, will be shown in the MESA film festival on Friday from 2-2:55.
Below is a synopsis of the film:
It is an exceptional documentary, filmed in a country no camera can penetrate – a world exclusive. In a context in which the biggest international networks are unable to present images of this forgotten war, the Yemeni director Khadija Al Salami has entrusted her camera to 3 children who become war correspondents for this documentary in Yemen. Ahmed is 11, Rima is 8 and Youssef is 9. It is them who will recount the daily life of the Yemeni people under Saudi airstrikes. They meet other kids, collecting the testimonies of wounded children in hospital and those who lost their parents in the airstrikes. With the innocence of children, they also interview adults – a painter, a rapper, a model who has become ‘Miss War’ on social media – and ask them to send a message to those who they believe are the only ones who can stop the war – the EuropeanUnion. Constructed like a story tale, with no images of violence, this deeply moving documentary shows the cruel reality of war through the eyes of children, and the incredible hope that they place in Europe to put an end to the conflict.—#Edith Paris
There is a short amateur film (probably 8 mm originally) from 1966 about Tarim in the Hadramawt posted on Youtube. This is from the Huntley Film Archives. The search engine on the archive site mentions footage from 10 amateur films related to Yemen.
The AIYS organized a seminar In Ṣan‘ā’ on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 for the recipients of AIYS Fellowships granted for 2018. Twelve researchers in different fields received an AIYS Yemeni Fellowship this year. Several researchers and academics attended the seminar in which nine researchers made brief presentation about their proposed researches.
These researchers are:
(1) Dr Rajha Saad, an assistant professor in the Library Section at Ṣan‘ā’ University. Her research topic is: “Information Literacy for Displaced People by War in Yemen: A Pilot Study.”
(2) Dr Khaled Naji, an associate professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry department, Faculty of Science, Ṣan‘ā’ University. His research topic is: “Preventive Effects of Wild Yemeni Monolluma quadrangula Extract on Oxidative Stress associated with Diabetes mellitus in Albino Male Rats.”
(3) Taha Arrahomi, whose research is: “Role of Monetary Authority in Controlling Money Laundry in Republic of Yemen.”
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