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Ammar Basha


Documenting Yemen's Injured South

[Flag of South Yemen on a wall in Aden. 11 July 2012. Photo by Ammar Basha]

I shot the film presented here, "Third Day in the Heart of the Revolution,’’ over a single day. Divided in two parts, it tells stories from the south of Yemen two years after the revolution started. The first segment focuses on the Yemeni governorate of Abyan and those who fled its capital Zinjibar during the war with Ansar al-Sharia. The second presents the youth of al-Mansura in Aden who have been expelled from Sahat Al-Shuhada' (Martyrs' Square) through the use of ...

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Revolutionary Junctures: Documenting the Yemeni Uprising on Film

[The Life March arrives in Change Square, Sana'a. Photo by Ammar Basha 2011]

The two films presented here, “One day in the heart of the revolution ” and “Another day in the heart of the revolution,” provide snapshots of the Yemeni uprising in 2011. As a filmmaker, I wanted to show Yemenis who have taken to the streets, the ordinary citizens who fought for change against overwhelming odds. While Al-Jazeera and other international media outlets focused on the calculated remarks of politicians and political analysts, I sought to capture the voices of ...

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Ammar Basha


Ammar Basha was born in Yemen in 1980. Formerly an animation artist, he recently earned his MFA in Cinematic Arts at the Red Sea Institute in Aqaba-Jordan. Basha’s political documentaries advocate for the expansion of human rights in Yemen. His film Breaking the Silence, examining the lives of minority women in his home country, was runner-up at the Women’s Voices Now film festival. Basha is also a writer and director of fiction films. He authored the story and screenplay for The Last Hour, which won Best Film awards at both the 2012 Zayed University Middle East Film Festival in Abu Dhabi and the 2012 Tehran International Short Film Festival in Iran.