Private Project

Just Another Memory

Amidst the ongoing war in Yemen; torn between being “safe” and “away”, weighed down by the ever-present mental and emotional baggage that still holds you back. How does one move forward and heal? How to deal with so much suppressed pain? In this profoundly affecting documentary, we investigate these questions and explore what it feels like to be suddenly uprooted and displaced by war.

  • Mariam Al-Dhubhani
    Director
  • Yassmine Hammoudi
    Producer
  • Mariam Al-Dhubhani
    Key Cast
  • Mohammed Al-Jaberi
    Key Cast
  • Akram Al-Dhubhani
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    مجرد ذكرى
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student, Short
  • Genres:
    Humanitarian, Woman, children, war, drama
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 20, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Qatar, Russian Federation, Yemen
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Ajyal Film Festival
    Doha
    Qatar
    December 1, 2018
    Local Premiere
    Best Documentary
  • American Documentary Film Festival
    California
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    International Premiere
  • Yemeni Cinema in Beirut
    Beirut
    Lebanon
    April 21, 2019
Director Biography - Mariam Al-Dhubhani

Mariam Al-Dhubhani is a Yemeni-Russian award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and curator. Al-Dhubhani is a Northwestern alumna with a BS in Journalism and Strategic Communication and an MA in Museum and Gallery Practice from University College London. She first pursued her passion for media during the 2011 Arab uprisings and co-founded her first media production. Her films have been screened globally in festivals such as Carthage, Interfilm, and Oaxaca. She also utilizes Virtual Reality in highlighting stories from Yemen.

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Director Statement

The motivation to make this documentary for me was to heal. Until last summer, I was away from home and haven't been able to see my family in almost three years. I was fortunate enough to leave Yemen at the peak of the current war in 2015, but being away and safe didn't solve my problems. "Just Another Memory" turned from a learning process into a healing one when I decided to explore the emotional and psychological effects the war had on me even while being away. I felt like I was stuck and needed to process the burden I am carrying around to be able to move forward, and I believe that I managed to start at least fragmenting the mountain accumulated over the past few years.