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Yemen: The Silent War (2018)

11min   |   English 

 

Director: Sufian Abulohom

Writers: Sufian Abulohom

Starring: n/a

★★★★

Chris Olson, UK Film Review

"Tackling the devastating social effect of the Yemen civil war, this short documentary from filmmaker Sufian Abulohom is an emotionally ferocious undertaking that wrestles brilliantly with the crippling fear of living through a war zone and the impossibility of forgiving those who have dropped bombs on your family and community.

 

Yemen: The Silent War starts with some harrowing figures about the conflict. And whilst this technique is commonplace in documentary films, the statistics of the number of people affected are no less tragic or compelling. The titular “silent” aspect of the civil war in Yemen perhaps refers largely to the use of drones, a tactic which has left a traumatising effect on the Yemeni people, especially children who remain terrified by them. The silence may also refer to the shockingly large number of innocent refugees who have been displaced by the war, whose suffering seems of little importance to those fighting."