The Reluctant Revolutionary

United Kingdom, Ireland, 2012, 70’, Color

English, Arabic with Turkish and English subtitles


Director: Sean McAllister

Cinematography: Sean McAllister

Editing: Johnny Burke

Producers: Elhum Shakerifar, Sean McAllister


Kais is a tour guide leader from Sana'a, the Yemeni capital, struggling to make ends meet. He is philosophical, articulate and reflective but as the story begins, he is cynical about the undercurrents of dissent in the country and supportive of the President. When one of his tours is cut short due to increased danger for tourists, he returns to Sana'a to find two permanent camps in the city centre: one for the President and one against. Kais refuses at first to enter the anti-president camp but is convinced by the filmmaker to have a look one night.

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