I prepared the Fact Sheet below to distribute at a film being shown at the High Falls Film Festival. ‘Yemeniettes‘, a documentary film made by a Lebanese film company, follows a group of teenage girls who win a regional science contest from their enthusiastic invention to a local contest in Sana’a and then on to Doha, and then through the events that follow their winning this international contest. It is a delightful scenario with many unspoken contradictions, Though a level of the background violence is reflected in the film it mostly focuses on these very liberal Yemeniettes with their innocent capitalist (as well as nationalist) aspirations.
Sadly, current events have overrun the context of this film and it seems unlikely there will be any more Yemeniettes (or Yemenis of any stripe) entering, much less winning, regional science contests any time in the foreseeable future. This is pertinent because the United States is providing all kinds of support to our Saudi allies in their war effort. If you enjoy this film, you should understand that.
- This US backed, Saudi led campaign is an intrusion into the internal politics of Yemen
- This US backed, Saudi led campaign has embroiled Yemen in an unnecessary civil war
- The US backed, Saudi War against Yemen constitutes a Crime Against Peace and is the site of numerous War Crimes
We in the US are complicit in the Saudi crimes against the People of Yemen!