Sat Dec 15,2012
Giving a voice to Yemeni women
Alysa Nair meets the film-maker Khadija Al-Salami whose documentary THE SCREAM is in the Muhr Arab Documentary section
AN: What was the experience of filming during an uprising that was set to change the future of your country? Were there many obstacles?
Khadija Al-Salami: When you’re filming everything by yourself, that’s the biggest obstacle you face, especially in an event like this. There are so many things going on. You think of the camera, you think of the person you are following, the person you want to shoot. You do capture footage, but once you come out, you think ‘I wish I would have captured something else’, but you can’t do anything because you can only have certain moments and a certain time, and that’s it. You have to be spontaneous.
AN: In THE SCREAM, you examine the role played by women in the uprising. What is their position in society today?
KAS: When the women came screaming out on the streets of Yemen in protest, they surprised the entire world, including me, because I know that Yemeni women’s voices are unheard of in Yemen’s society. So when they came out and protested, it was a big step. I realised that they do have a voice and they want to be heard.
AN: What are your expectations or hopes for when the film is screened in Yemen?
KAS: I expect I would make a lot of enemies, because in Yemeni society, where on the one hand the men are protesting for equality, democracy and freedom, they refuse to give the same rights to women. In the documentary, I have not only recorded the uprising but addressed issues regarding the role of women in society.
THE SCREAM screens on Thursday at 12:30 at MoE 5.