Extraordinary - sometimes breathtaking - access to the on-the-ground, intimate, daily experience of the developing Yemeni revolution. It's a blow to those cynics who think photojournalism (etc) is dead that McAllister's camera was able to witness & communicate the moment with that level of fidelity *despite* his obvious initial preference for the safety of his anodyne & hipsterish main character. Well worth watching.
Una mirada humana y un testimonio único de eventos acontecidos en de la primavera Arabe del Yemen. No solo es un testimonio imprescindible, el director/autor va poco a poco adentrándose en la realidad del yemen a través de los ojos de su guía, quien ajeno o más exceptico en un principio es el alma de este excelente documental "de viaje".
Together with "The Square", this film also has given me an idea about the extent of the turbulence in the Middle East. The film seems intimate and spontaneous. It started like a film on the life of a local tourist guide in Yemen; then turned out to be a film on the beginnings of a revolution. You can see the change in the mood of the guide and the director as well through the end of the film.
The essence of most of the uprisings happening in the world today, not only the Arab part of it. Provides food for thought about reasons and consequences of lots of events today. Very important to watch to get a better understanding of what's happening and why.
A human and political testimony, so passionate it hurts you deep inside. My respects to Sean McAllister, Kais and all Yemeni people who collaborated, or even just partecipated in the making. Just watch it. Gets five stars for the irreplaceable perspective it offers on a crucial phase in Yemeni History, not to say of all XXIst Century. Thank you MUBI, for giving this films the visibility they deserve.
While most of the world's eyes were on Egypt and Libya director McAllister cast his eye on Yemen and experienced the impending revolution firsthand through the experiences of his tour guide and friend. While an authentic experience McAllister's inability to grasp events or trivialize them ('..it felt like an Arabic Glastonbury..') takes away from the potential power of the piece.
A look into the lives of the regulars of Yemen, away from the filtered, adulterated pieces that are shown to the world by the news channels across the globe. If you ever want to understand the lives of these revolutionaries or any for that matter, simply watch this and you'll feel your eyes in the body of Sean Mcallister, witnessing human truth in every moment of your existence.
Great doc. Made me feel lucky to live in London where I get annoyed with not being able to stream videos properly, while people are being shot for what they believe in in Yemen. I've never thought practically about Yemen before. This brought it into sharp relief.
Whilst lacking in a detailed context and history of the political situation in Yemen, this documentary charts the blossoming of the revolution through the eyes of an increasingly forlorn tourist guide, whose uncertain and desperate life reflects the growing uprising. Both the tremendous courage of those in 'Change Square' and the horrifying violence against them are captured in a compelling way.