On December 21st, under the slogan “our dialogue is creativeness”, the second Yemen film festival will announce the contest’s winners, covered by a significant media presence.
The five winning films embraced three themes while creating their pieces: “the culture of dialogue”, “tolerance and acceptance of others”, and “patriotism”.
Despite financial limitations and security concerns, the festival’s aims were threefold. First, the festival spotlighted the young cadres of Yemeni media by showcasing their works in a public forum. Second, through its inclusive entry requirements, the festival aimed to provide an opportunity for youths to express their creativity. Finally, among both audiences and filmmakers, the festival intended to promote and support Yemen’s film and filmmaking culture.
In his speech, Fares al-Sanabani, director of the Yemen Film Festival noted that many of the Arab festivals are held for luxury, talking about fashion, perfume and accessories. In Yemen, Fares al-Sanabani says, it was held under very different and difficult circumstances:
“Youth films talk about the Yemenis need, their need to love, tolerance and different things. Film also gives a chance to the creative Yemeni youth who really are talented but lack help and support.” He concluded, “In this occasion I call all the country’s segments to make concerted efforts to raise the youth for a good future.”
Five films and five directors won in the Yemen film festival, being awarded the Statue of Ma’ad bin Yekreb. The winners were “Political game”, Hosam Ahmed Salem; “Regret”, Ismail Salim; “Nightmare”, Sam Abdulmalik al-yatim; “For You I Will Go”, Hamdi Manssor Ali; and “Escape to Death”, Daress Qaed Salah.
In fifth place was “regret”, directed by Ismail Salim. The film talks about the corrupted youth who, by the end of the film, discover their mistakes and try to correct them through toleration and understanding. The film won the Statue of Ma’ad bin Yekreb and YER 100,000.
“Political game” by Hosam Ahmed Salem took fourth place. The film highlights the political conflicts that resulted from the National Dialogue Conference. The film won the Statue of Ma’ad bin Yekreb and YER 150,000.
Daress Qaed Salah, director of “Escape to Death”, took third place. The film talks about adolescent unemployment and how the youth try to solve this problem by traveling to other countries. Eventually they discover that they were mistaken and that the solution to the problem is to be creative in their homelands. The film won the Statue of Ma’ad bin Yekreb and YER 200,000.
The second place film was “Nightmare” by Sam Abdulmalik al-yatim. The film explores policemen’s sacrifices for their homeland despite earning a simple salary. The film won the Statue of Ma’ad bin Yekreb and YER 500,000.
Hamdi Manssor Ali and his team were awarded first place for the short film “For You I Will Go”. The film discusses the National Dialogue, delivering the message: difficulties of the dialogue notwithstanding, we should participate in it to save Yemen. The film won the Statue of Ma’ad bin Yekreb and YER 1,000,000.
The winners were awarded by Dr. Ahmed bin Mubarak, Secretary General of the comprehensive National Dialogue onference; Frank Guelleh, Ambassador of France;the representative of the Spanish ambassador; Youth Minister Moamer al-Eriani; and Bettina Muchyt, ambassador of the European Union in Yemen.