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    Code: 2525

    Directed by Sara Ishaq
    2013, 65 minutes
    Purchase: $350 | Classroom rental: $125

    Sara grew up in Yemen to a Yemeni father and a Scottish mother. As a teenager, she became increasingly suffocated by the constraints of her surroundings, and at age 17, finally decided to move to Scotland, where her mother now resides. Her father, however, would only approve under the condition that she would not forsake her Yemeni roots - a promise she made, but could not keep. Ten years later - 2011 - Sara returns to Yemen as a different person, geared up to face the home of her past and reconnect with her long-severed roots. But against all personal expectations, she returns to find her family and country teetering on the brink of a revolution.

    Outside the gates of her family home, people are protesting against President Ali Abdullah Saleh's authoritarian rule ( as powerfully captured in the Academy Award nominated Karama Has No Walls) , and Ishaq and her family quickly become caught up in the movement. The film focuses on the shifting dynamics between women and men within the context of a modern Yemeni family, testing all preconceived ideas about identity, customs and familial and social bonds.

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    Festivals & Awards

    Official Selection, International Documentary Film Festival
    Official Selection, Dubai Film Festival
    Official Selection, New York Human Watch Rights Film Festival
    Official Selection, Middle Eastern Studies Association Film Festival


    Recommended. The Mulberry House provides viewers with an up-close look at the domestic side of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising in Yemen [and] reveals the universality of family tensions with regard to gender roles and cross-cultural differences. Appropriate for a wide swath of social sciences and behavioral sciences, including anthropology, family studies, gender studies, Middle Eastern studies, political science, and sociology. - Educational Media Reviews Online

    "At the heart of the documentary lies the theme of change. Just as the Arab Spring signaled a challenge to the old ways of political reality in the Arab world, so too does Ishaq signal change inside the lives of ordinary Yemenis." - Al Jadid


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    2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, Karama Has No Walls is a gripping, eye-witness account of a tragic day that changed the course of the revolution in Yemen; when pro-government snipers opened fired on a peaceful gathering of protesters, sparking national outrage and ultimately leading to the end of 33 years of autocratic rule.