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YEMENIETTES

In a country without hope, what if three girls could inspire an entire nation to dream again?

Set against the backdrop of a nation whose reputation includes being one of the worst places to be a woman, the poorest country in the Arab world, and a failed state, the film explores many of the drivers of Yemen’s challenges: youth unemployment, drug abuse, and a struggling education system. Even worse, conflict between Al-Qaeda and Yemen’s Houthi population threatens the girls’ very lives. In YEMENIETTES, teenage girls launch a business and defy the barriers of their traditional society, proving that age and gender constraints are no match for those seeking to make the world around them a better place.

YEMENIETTES was produced as a two-episode Arabic language miniseries for broadcast in Yemen. It was subsequently re-edited as an English language feature documentary. The series had its world broadcast premiere in Yemen on Al-Saeedah TV in September 2014, and has aired several times since then. YEMENIETTES has received dozens of awards since its release.

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Directed and Edited by Shawn Thompson

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