Private Project

No Words

The cultural heritage of Yemen is at extreme risk due to conflict: displacement has resulted in many children not learning cultural traditions and linguistic practices of their regions. Many native speakers believe the only way to protect their oral heritage is to share the language of their regions.

Working with diasporic Yemeni communities in the UK, the project asks how storytelling might heighten and enhance both political and public awareness of the situation in Yemen, lead to wider cultural understanding of diaspora and refugee communities in the UK.

The material created so far includes a range of poetry, academic texts, photography and video work, and it seeks to show how storytelling and poetry can heighten understanding of the situation in Yemen, while showcasing the creativity of the Yemeni diaspora and refugee communities in the UK. Many of the poems produced for the project – importantly – address conflict resolution.

  • Mariam Al-Dhubhani
  • Ahmed Abdul Raqeeb Alkhulaidi
  • Mohammed Aljaberi
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    لا كلام
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 14, 2020
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  • Country of Filming:
    Qatar, United Kingdom, Yemen
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
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  • Student Project:

    United Kingdom
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.

مريم الذبحاني مخرجة يمنية-روسية حاصلة على عدة جوائز. الذبحاني خريجة جامعة نورثويسترن بتخصص صحافة واتصال استراتيجي وحاصلة على ماجستير الفنون في تطبيقات المتاحف والمعارض من كلية لندن الجامعية. تابعت شغفها في مجال الإعلام لأول مرة خلال الانتفاضات العربية عام 2011 وشاركت في تأسيس أول شركة إنتاج إعلامي لها. تم عرض أفلامها عالمياً في مهرجانات مثل قرطاج وإنترفيلم وواهاكا. كما أنها تستخدم الواقع الافتراضي في تسليط الضوء على قصص من اليمن.

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Director Statement

No Words is a poetry film that showcases the poet's loss of words to what is happening to his beloved city Taiz and the situation in Yemen. It utilizes 360 footage into a regular display placing the viewer at the camera's point of view as an observer to what is happing in the city. The images resonate with the words and create a poetic feel of the ongoing conflict.