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Look Again: The Grand View Of Yemen As You’ve Never Seen It

What comes to your mind when you think about Yemen?

Ziryab Al-Ghabri knows all the stereotypes, but he won’t give up. Through a dazzling set of photographs and a heart-warming story, this Yemeni photographer aims to open a new window on Yemen’s multi-faceted identity.

“Yemen has a magnificent history and a lot potential, and pictures hold great power to change its portrayal as the land of terrorism. A photo can transfer the kindness of the people to the world“, he says.
  Al-Ghabri not only captures revealing snapshots of a dynamic land, but opens the door to discovery through a stirring love story. His film The Gift Maker”, released in 2010, won the British Council’s short-film competition, and was presented at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in the UK. 

The story features a bomb maker who falls in love with a woman he glimpses from his basement’s workshop, turning his life around forever. Gripping, thought-provoking and with a tinge of tenderness, the film illustrates how certain groups can manipulate youth for their own agenda. 

“But the main focus is to highlight that love can be a solution for hatred in Yemen”, he says. “At the end we wanted to show how small things around us could change our perspective on life and turn all evil to good”.

For more information – Ziryab Al-Ghabri’s studio website.

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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