In 2010 the British Council in Yemen ran a national film making competition called Zoooom.
The aim was to find Yemeni amateur filmmakers with talent, determination, original vision and a passion for film making as a way of life.
You can watch all five films, accompanied by a short introduction from the director. In this blog, Ziryab Al Ghabri presents The Gift Maker.
This film tells the story of a young man living under the ground in a basement. He has left all his memories behind and is not certain that he will ever revisit them. Days are identical to him and each corner of the basement seems to be haunted by darkness.
One morning, he begins his day as he always does, but something strange happens – a brick falls out of the wall, letting in daylight.
He tries to block the light that comes in through his new window, but he glimpses something that takes him into a world of his own and changes his life forever.
We have been inspired to make this film by daily events like terrorism and the social discrimination of some parts of Yemeni society. We hope to shoot more films in the future and improve our equipment to create better and more professional films.
Our hopes for Yemen include that it becomes a better place to make films, as under the current circumstances shooting and working in films is a very hard task.
This film was produced free of editorial or creative influence – it is entirely the work of the film maker. The views expressed in this film are solely those of the film maker and do not represent the opinions of any company or organization.