Yemen: Kids and War
" A " The Guardian
- The Japan Prize Award 2018
- MESSA Viewer's Choice Award
In a context in which the biggest international networks are unable to present images of this forgotten war, the Yemeni director Khadija Al Salami has entrusted her camera to 3 children who become war correspondents for this documentary in Yemen. Ahmed is 11, Rima is 8 and Youssef is 9. It is them who will recount the daily life of the Yemeni people under Saudi airstrikes. They meet other kids, collecting the testimonies of wounded children in a hospital and those who lost their parents in the airstrikes. With the innocence of children, they also interview adults – a painter, a rapper, a model who has become ‘Miss War’ on social media – and ask them to send a message to those who they believe are the only ones who can stop the war – the European Union. Constructed like a story tale, with no images of violence, this deeply moving documentary shows the cruel reality of war through the eyes of children, and the incredible hope that they place in Europe to put an end to the conflict.
Khadija is Yemen’s first female film producer. She has worked as the press and cultural attaché for the Yemen Embassy in Paris, and has received the Legion d’Honneur for her work helping to build relationships between France and Yemen.
53 Minutes | English, French, and Arabic, with English Subtitles.
Directed by: Khadija Al Salami
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