This OSCAR® NOMINATED Documentary Short (26 mins) encapsulates a day that changed the course Yemen's 2011 revolution, (the Friday of Dignity 'Karama' on March 18th 2011), through the lenses of two cameramen and the accounts of two fathers. The film retells the story of the tragic events of the day as they unfolded, from a peaceful prayer gathering to a barrage of bullets.

*Dedicated the brave youth of Yemen's 2011 uprising*


“The most ambitious selection of [the Oscar Nominated Short Documentary] category, Sara Ishaq’s Karama Has No Walls ,is set in Change Square in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, where a peaceful demonstration demanding the fall of the country’s autocratic ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh, turned into a blood bath in which government snipers killed 53 protesters.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Both an elegy to the dead and an exploration of loss and protracted trauma. Above all, Karama Has No Walls is a paean to the strength of nonviolent resistance.[...] A snapshot of a protest movement at its most powerful, when differences (male, female, Southern, Northern, Sunni, Shia, old, young, secularist, Islamist) were put aside in the name of battling the shared injustices of poverty, unemployment, and corruption." - The New Yorker

“A terrifying, you-are-there assemblage of footage shot on the streets of Sanaa, Yemen, during the Arab Spring protests of 2011, Karama Has No Walls is an urgent, stereotype-exploding historical document.” – Salon

“This well-conceived and edited short is an eye-opener, a small window on a country whose people are now engaged in a national dialogue inspired, in part, by the Friday of Dignity.” – Film Journal

"If one only has 26 minutes to understand the tragedy of Yemen that has lasted for the past three years, one should watch Karama Has No Walls ." - Al-Monitor

"Ishaq weaves together the footage taken during the massacre with interviews of the families of those who were in the square as violence erupted. When it is easier to detach oneself from the violence happening in the footage in front of you, Ishaq uses the interviews connect the viewer with the human faces behind the revolution." - The American Arab Institute

"Ishaq managed to put together twenty-six of the most powerful minutes on the Yemeni uprisings during the Arab Spring in 2011." - Islamic Monthly

"Ishaq captures the bloody casualties, the heartbreaking retelling of identifying a dead child in a mosque strewn with bodies. Many have become desensitized to gruesome footage of unconscionable acts such as these, but seeing it humanized here makes this the most powerful and harrowing of all the shorts nominated."- Keeping It Reel

"A remarkable street-level portrayal of a historic clash between freedom and anti-freedom...Suitable for mature high school classes (warning: graphic violence) and for college courses in cultural anthropology, political anthropology, anthropology of violence/war, anthropology of Islam, anthropological film, and Arab studies, as well as general audiences."- Anthropology Review Database


- Oscar Nominee for Best Short Documentary, 2014 The Academy Awards (USA)
- Best Short Documentary Nominee, 2013 One World Media Awards (UK)
- Best Documentary Nominee, 2012 BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards (UK)
- Best Short Documentary Winner, 2013 Al-Jazeera Documentary Film Festival (Qatar)
- Best Short Documentary Winner, 2012 EDINDOCS Film Festival (UK)
- Best Short Documentary Winner, 2012 UNAFF United Nations Association Film Festival (USA)
- Outstanding Short Documentary Winner, 2012 AFF Arab Film Festival, (San Fran, USA)
- Jury Special Mention for *Powerful and Human Storytelling*, 2012 Glasgow Short Film Festival (UK)
- Honourable Mention for *Excellence in Filmmaking*, 2012 Evolution International Film Festival (Palma De Mallorca)

Director: Sara Ishaq

First AD: Abdurahman Hussein
DOP: Ameen Al-Ghaberi
Editor: Sara Ishaq
Rough Cut Editors: Amir Alhamdani, Abdurahman Hussain
Consultant Editor: Lili Sandelin
Sound Design: Ali Murray
Archival Footage: Nasr Al-Namir & Khaled Rajjeh (via Suhail TV)

Produced by Sara Ishaq (Setara Films) & Hot Spot Films


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