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Ratings & Reviews

  1. EdieEmm's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    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.

  2. quienteviera's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    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".

  3. Test's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

  4. Laura Suffield's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    This is the second time you have programmed this film in a relatively short space of time. The same applies to Fräulein, Murs Murs and Sans toit ni loi.

  5. Funda Can Çuvalcı's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    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.

  6. panagiotatos's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

  7. Ekaterina Chernyaeva's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    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.

  8. letters never sent's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    Compelling and deeply poignant. I wished so much that this was a work of fiction. Real life makes me shed more tears

  9. captainfez's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

  10. Aube James's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    Sean McAllister's work comes across as fearless Journalism rather than Art Film.

  11. weinbrandbabsi's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    raw and enduring. less a matter of technicality but of the will to go on filming as your subject transforms in front of your eyes into something unaprehended.

  12. Arif Ender's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    A quick glimpse on a start of a revolution from the eyes of a common citizen. Loved the real time scenes.

  13. Le temps perdu's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    Interesting portrait of a khat chewing country in turmoil, commented by a disillusioned travel guide. Has some chilling, bloody scenes at the end.

  14. Quattro's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    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.

  15. msmichel's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    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.

  16. Anugat's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    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.

  17. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    A powerful documentary which provides a personal perspective in a way which both elucidates important events in Yemen and allows us to connect to the human story.

  18. Imelda Says's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

  19. Max Seqgar's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    Intense documentary, wow! How much of that herb can you chew before overdosing?! (or disjointing the jaw!)

  20. alhimself-'s rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    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.

  21. Sarah Pietsch's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    Important documentary, a rare view, reporting from the middle of the action while it happens. Scary, sad, real.

  22. raggiodisole's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    Engaging and disturbing study of a country in transformation as seen through the eyes of those caught in the turmoil. The kind of film we would prefer not to see but need to

  23. Superfrog's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    A great documentary, brilliant insights into this moment of Yemen history but also about the guide and about the people and process of filming documentary, including biases and the process of the fixer trying to please the customer. Highly recommended!

  24. Tytus's rating of the film The Reluctant Revolutionary

    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.

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