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DOCUMENTARY FILM 

A SATIRICAL DEPICITION OF A STATE Of TURMOIL AND WAR THROUGH THE EYES OF CHILDREN FORCED TO GROW UP TOO SOON

SHORT DOCU-DRAMA

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For the past five years, Najm (Eleven) & Ahmed (ten) spent their summer holidays making home-movies, first with a mobile phone camera and later with a flip-cam.

Initially, their films documented day to day trivialities at home, re-enactments of  TV Series and music videos or their little sister growing up.

Over time, the nature and content of their films shifts into reflections, that are at once sinister and witty, of the turbulent and violent political climate in which they live.

As we follow them over the years of movie-making through their own archival footage we are taken from a place of care-free childhood into the imaginary world of young boys dealing with a premature loss of innocence through their experiences of assassinations, guerrilla warfare, suicide attacks and airstrikes.

The ambiance of war envelopes Yemen's capital city Sana'a while the Yemeni brothers sit on their rooftop watching hills being bombed by warplanes.

They had always dreamed of growing up to become great film directors & actors, but now have to face the possibility of never realizing those dreams while living under airstrikes with no electricity to carry on making films or a functioning school to go back to, to learn and play with their friends in. 

The ambiance of war envelopes Yemen's capital city Sana'a while the Yemeni brothers sit on their rooftop watching hills being bombed by warplanes.

They had always dreamed of growing up to become great film directors & actors, but now have to face the possibility of never realizing those dreams while living under airstrikes with no electricity to carry on making films or a functioning school to go back to, to learn and play with their friends in. 

This shot documentary uses archival footage shot by the two young brothers to illustrate the gradual change in their perspectives over the years, which is also narrated by the two boys & strung together with anecdotal emotional interviews & new footage filmed by their older brother & director of the film,

Osama Khaled.

The boys own ruminations about the shift in their filmmaking style reveals a deep understanding & perceptiveness of their current reality and a disillusionment with the wisdom and values propounded by adults. They are fully aware that now lies an irreparable rift between their own generation and ones passed.

This film's depictions of war through the eyes of children forced to grow up too quickly are funny, heartwarming & tragic.

The hilarious re-enactments of political speeches and terrorist attacks carry an underlying facetiousness that is no less relevant or powerful than intelligent adult satire.

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