Karama Human Rights Film Festival


Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival (KYHRFF) uniquely sheds light on animated arts by creatively presenting social issues at the forefront. It brings together artists, filmmakers, human rights activists, and the community as a whole. The festival serves as a platform for dialogue with the aim of making a societal impact. While the first edition of the festival was canceled due to political unrest, it returned in response to the audience's thirst for addressing taboo subjects and the shared need to create a better society. We spoke with Asim Ahmed, an experimental visual artist with a passion for photography and filmmaking. Asim shared with us the incredible support he received from YWT in developing his first experimental short film on mental health in Yemen. Often, Asim has struggled with conflict and fell into the trap of the difficult circumstances he experienced when he was young in Yemen, where it is customary for men not to freely express themselves. He talks about politics, social stigmas, and a hope for a better future in a creative manner. Asim was ecstatic to have his film showcased at the festival and to receive such positive feedback from the audience. This gave him motivation to continue working on producing thought-provoking films that can contribute to societal change.