Taking to the street, Yemeni women find their voice

Fri Apr 12,2013

Images of crowds in black and white, as well as in colour. The scene is set in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, and is one often portrayed of the Yemeni revolution, showing the people – men and women – demand the fall of the regime.

THE SCREAM by Yemeni director Khadija Al-Salami goes within these crowds of women and highlights the role that Yemeni women played in the movement that led to the fall of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Al-Salami goes beyond the political changes, exploring the social situation of Yemeni women in a conservative society. Taking part in these protests was a daring step for the Yemeni women as they found – for the first time – a platform to make their demands and protest as loud as they wanted to.

Through the main characters, the film follows what Yemeni women sought to achieve with their role in the revolution and what barriers stood in their way. The film ends with the revolution, when reality settles, as people compare their world before and after the changes have take place. The movie tells audiences that the immediate result was increased repression for women, as they had to return to their homes and silence their voices again. 

THE SCREAM is an important document on Yemen, drawing out something most people have only seen from afar. It presents a face to Yemeni women, portraying their aspirations, struggles and frustrations and is definitely something that will shape the reality and future for Yemeni women.

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