The Mulberry House

This screening is part: THE SEVENTH ART STAND

NR, 65 minutes

Filmmaker Sara Ishaq 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, in 2011, Sara returns to Yemen prepared to reconnect with her long-severed roots, only to find her country teetering on the brink of a revolution. THE MULBERRY HOUSE 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. (2013, Sara Ishaq, Yemen-Scotland, 65 min, HD, Eng subs)

Preceded by: KARAMA HAS NO WALLS (2013, 26 min, digital. In Arabic with English subtitles.)
Ishaq’s earlier film is a gripping, eye-witness account of the tragic day – March 18, 2011 – that changed the course of the revolution in Yemen, when pro-government snipers opened fire on a peaceful gathering of protesters, sparking national outrage and ultimately leading to the end of 33 years of autocratic rule.

Post-show discussion w/ Hadi Esfahani & Angela Williams (Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies)

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