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Mariam Al-Dhubhani / Short Documentary / Yemen, Qatar / 14 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Politics, Biography, Social Issues, War, Youth, Based on a True Story, Creative Documentary


The current war in Yemen is one of the most underreported conflicts. As the Middle East region is going through unstable developments, the Yemeni narrative gets lost in the clutter. A majority of the stories that manage to come out from Yemen are all of famine, cholera, destruction, and despair. None of which are told by Yemenis. It is usually a parachuting reporter who briefs the world in, like a news strap that passes through television screens; momentary and not very impactful. Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, is currently under the control of the Houthi rebels. They seized control of the government in 2014 and are ruling the majority of Yemen’s Northern parts. In 2015, the religious-political-armed movement also known as ‘Ansar Allah’ attacked the South to expand their dominance. Their expansion to the South resulted in blood and destruction. That is when the Saudi-led coalition came into the picture. It did push back the Houthis into the North. The aftermath of the Aden battle resulted in a tentative recovery in the South. Yet, the livelihood remains in a desperate need for improvement. For many in Aden, joining the military was the reliable option to secure a source of living.


Mariam Al-Dhubhani
Noor Abunabaa, Mohammed Al-Jaberi

About the Director

Mariam Al-Dhubhani is a Yemeni-Russian journalist and filmmaker, currently a senior at Northwestern University in Qatar. She first pursued her passion for media during the 2011 Arab uprisings. Al-Dhubhani co-founded a production company named Background Group for Media. Her first short film 'We are the Peace' (2011) received an award in Yemen's inaugural film festival. 'Wishes for the New Year' (2012) was the first chalkboard animation in the Middle East. Her recent film 'Just Another Memory' (2018) is her directorial debut mentored by Oscar-nominated Director Rithy Panh with Doha Film Institute, which won Best Documentary at Ajyal Film Festival in the same year.


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