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The Flower Men

Fall Grants 2019 - Development Stage

Yousra Ishaq / Feature Documentary / Yemen, Qatar / 45 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Creative Documentary, Politics, Social Issues, Identity


‘The Flower Men’ is a feature and observational-investigative documentary film that explores the complex reality of one of Yemen’s most ancient and powerful tribes—Khawlan Amer, now divided by the war-torn borders of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The film attempts to compare and contrast the two groups that were once one entity, honing in on the lives and personal relationships of two brothers who live on opposite sides of this border. The brothers were separated earlier in their lives and followed very different paths; one lived a life of wealth and prosperity, while the other lived a life of poverty and hardship. When fighting between Yemen and Saudi Arabia reached catastrophic levels, the tribe made a conscious decision to reject the conflict and protect each other on either side of the warring borders. This film highlights the political twists that turned this tribe into a peace creator.


Yousra Ishaq
Sara Ishaq
Production Company
Comra Films

About the Director

Yousra Ishaq is a Yemen-based producer with a strong background as a film producer in Yemen, facilitating local productions and coordinating multinational teams including international media outlets such as the BBC and PBS between 2013-2017. In 2017, she co-founded the Yemen-based film foundation and production company, Comra Films. In 2018, one of the projects she worked on for PBS as a field producer was nominated for an Emmy Award.


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