The Gift Maker

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.

Ziryab Al Ghabri interviewed by the BBC

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.


Find out more about the British Council’s work in Yemen.

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.

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GUNNER

Posted on March 26th, 2011 Report abuse

well done i support this meaningful film :)

Winner of the 2010 National Film Making Competition in Yemen « A Yemeniya's Corner

Posted on March 31st, 2011 Report abuse

[...] This is the film that won the competition. For details please visit the blog associated with this film which is entitled  Gift Maker [...]

Winner of the 2010 National Film Making Competition in Yemen « Lamya's Corner

Posted on March 31st, 2011 Report abuse

[...] This is the film that won the competition. For details please visit the blog associated with this film which is entitled  The Gift Maker [...]

Phil

Posted on June 24th, 2011 Report abuse

Beautifully photographed, and despite the melodramatic aspects of the plot, I found the film very moving. Its moral message cannot be repeated too often. The film provides another dimension to the Yemen of the news bulletins. Shame about the mistakes in the subtitles.

aarenace

Posted on December 20th, 2011 Report abuse

This film has an amazing thought in it, and also show the culture of Yemen people, I am the supporter if that film, and I am waiting for that film,

ALISHA Ab

Posted on January 2nd, 2012 Report abuse

Genius work, I appreciate your work and effort .it is a good and meaningful film. I am also a support of that film.

Tolworth Removals

Posted on January 18th, 2012 Report abuse

Thank you Very much for explaining all this to people. It is a great help! A big thank you for this film and to your website at all. I just loved it.

Merton Removals

Posted on February 22nd, 2012 Report abuse

Great work Ziryab!it is fa-bolus.

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Posted on February 29th, 2012 Report abuse

It is great, I normally seen few moves that explain issue and acted as well.

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Posted on March 14th, 2012 Report abuse

It was a movie representing culture; I must say that I really enjoyed my time spent on watching this movie,

Raynes Park Removals

Posted on April 2nd, 2012 Report abuse

Much valuable info and great work.I appreciate your effort.Thanks for sharing all this to people.

Richmond Removals

Posted on April 12th, 2012 Report abuse

Zariab its great work, I love the art of you, just because in this movie you represent your culture, which makes this movie unique,

Fulham Removals

Posted on May 14th, 2012 Report abuse

Hey all,very nice comments.This film has an amazing story in it about what happening in Yemen.Much valuable info and great thought.The film shoes your effort.Thanks for sharing all this to people.

Zeriab Alghaberi

Posted on August 29th, 2012 Report abuse

Thank you all for the comments :)