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Let's Play Soldiers (يلا نلعب عسكرة)

Qumra Projects

Mariam Al-Dhubhani / Feature Documentary / Yemen, Qatar
In Arabic
Rated: This film has not been rated.

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'Let's Play Soldiers' explores the impact of war and the myth surrounding becoming a soldier—a child soldier—on one family in a small village in Yemen. Adham, the eldest son of four, has been broken by what he saw/experienced as a soldier and has fallen into a cycle of self-loathing and depression. He tries to heal himself by starting a family and rejoining the frontlines as nothing else worked for him. The two younger brothers, Ahmed and Ibrahim, aged seven and ten, think of war as a 'game' they're excited to play. Nasser, the second eldest, is different from everyone else. Nasser tried to become a soldier but quickly understood there was little for any young Yemeni man to gain from this role; the pay was very low, the work very dangerous, and few people had genuine respect for soldiers' work. Nasser is also the rebel in the family, who does not confine himself to this mythical rite of passage. Now, his mission is to alter the fate of his two younger siblings from picking up arms. He tries to help them with their homework even though he has a sixth-grader education and pushes them to stay in school.

About the Director

Mariam Al-Dhubhani is a Yemeni-Russian award-winning journalist, filmmaker, curator, and educator based in the MENA region. She first pursued her passion for media during the 2011 Arab uprisings and co-founded her first media production. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and one of the first directors to utilize virtual reality
to highlight stories from Yemen. She counterviewpoints the mainstream media stereotyping of the region to showcase equality in humanity.


Mariam Al-Dhubhani
Mohammed Al-Jaberi

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