Yemen, Chaos and Silence
"Rare images of a territory plunged into a war that 'we can not hear.'" - Le Monde
This crucial exposé offers rare dispatches from the proxy war in Yemen, cutting through the politics to contextualize its convoluted nature and its catastrophic toll on the Middle East's most vulnerable population.
As the war in Yemen between Houthi rebels and the destabilized Yemeni government enters its fifth year, the country is still facing what the UN has designated the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The staggering estimates include: 90,000 dead, 3 million displaced, and 14 million in acute need, including 1 million cholera cases. Yet, action by the global community remains largely callous.
This film follows the delegation of Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, as he travels from then government-controlled Aden in the south to rebel-held Sana'a in the north, via Taiz on the front line. Along the way, it confronts its viewers with a brutal conflict that has been taking place without external witnesses, and a devastated people ravaged by widespread famine and disease. In the coalition-held Taiz, the presence of al-Qaeda and Islamic State jihadists alongside groups aligned with either Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, all united against the Houthis, does not presage a forthcoming stability.
Recognized as a major front in a regional cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the war in Yemen continues to precipitate a humanitarian crisis with no end in sight, mostly beneath international headlines. Yemen, Chaos and Silence presents rare first-hand images and insights from on the ground.
52 Minutes | English, Arabic, with English Subtitles.
Directed by: François-Xavier Tregan
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