The Flower Men
Fall Grants 2019 - Development Stage
Current project status:
‘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
About the Director
Yousra Ishaq is a first-time film director, 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. Yousra studied Business Administration at UUM (Malaysia) and applied her business management skills in versatile and multi-functional environments. 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.
Production Company Profile
Comra Films is a Yemen-based film training foundation and production company, co-founded by Sara Ishaq and Yousra Ishaq. The company is made up of a team of highly experienced fixers, award-winning directors, producers and cameramen who combine knowhow, creativity and an independent vision with local access and expertise. In Yemen, film studies is non-existent, foreign media access is blocked, and political media outlets control the world’s view of Yemen and its people. Therefore, we believe that ‘now’ is the time for independent Yemeni filmmakers to reclaim their voice and change how the world sees our country and our struggles. At Comra Films, our objective is to promote independent cinema through high-quality training programs and film productions and preserve the essence of its past and present through powerful filmmaking.