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Film from Yemen

From September 25, 2020 until October 30, 2020Check dates, times and entry conditions for each screening.
Casa Árabe’s headquarters in each of the two cities. Check dates, times and entry conditions for each screening.
Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.

This fall, Casa Árabe is showing a film series devoted to Yemeni cinema, to be screened at the same time as the photography exhibition by Thana Faroq and Shaima al Tamimi.

The series consists of three feature films and three short subject films.

Further information coming soon on our website.
Film from Yemen
  • Soqotra, la isla de los genios (Soqotra, Island of the Djinns) 

    September 25, 20207:30 p.m.
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold online in September on our website.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    As part of the film series we are showing on Yemen, we have included the screening of this documentary by artist and photographer Jordi Esteva.
    Soqotra: Island of the Djinns, by Jordi Esteva
    Spain, 2016, 65’. Documentary

    This is the first film ever recorded entirely in Soqotri, the South Arabian language related to that of the ancient Kingdom of Sheba. The documentary portrays life on the remote island of Soqotra, lost in the Indian Ocean between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. During the monsoon, the island would remain isolated, which contributed to preserving a unique ecosystem in the world. The myrrh and incense trees grow wild in many places, as does the mystical “draco,” the tree of dragon’s blood. For Herodotus, it was the island of the Phoenix, and for the Arabs that of the giant bird Roc from the tales of Sindbad. In the film, a group of camel drivers begin an expedition with their animals into the mountains before the rainy season.

    Awards and Festivals: Visions du Réel Festival (Nyon, Switzerland, 2016); International Full Frame Festival (United States, 2016); Ethnocineca, International Documentary Film Festival of Vienna (Austria, 2016); BFI Film Festival of London (UK, 2016); International Film Festival of Nancy (France, 2016); Documenta Madrid, 2016; Malaga Film Festival, 2016.
  • The Mulberry House 

    September 25, 20208:00 p.m.
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 8:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    We begin the Yemeni film series in Cordoba with this documentary by Sarah Ishaq.
    The Mulberry House, by Sarah Ishaq
    (Yemen, United Kingdom, Syria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, 2013, 64 min.) Documentary

    Sarah was born in Yemen 30 years ago, to a Yemeni father and Scottish mother. During her teenage years, she begins to feel ill at ease with the world around her, so at the age of 17, she decides to run off to Scotland to live with her mother. Her father says she can only leave if she will promise not to give up her Yemeni roots. Sarah says she will not, but in the end she breaks her promise. Ten years later, in 2011, Sara returns to Yemen, having turned into another person. She is determined to face her past and wants to rediscover her roots in the place she was born. She unexpectedly returns to a country about to live through a revolution, as part of the movement of Arab Springs.

    Awards and Festivals: Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, 2013; Dubai International Film Festival (UAE, 2013; Human Watch Rights International Festival (United Kingdom, 2014); DokFestival Munich /Germany, 2014); Jury Award (Human World Festival, Austria, 2014).