The Flower Men
Fall Grants 2019 - Development Stage
‘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.