Our team is made up of Yemen’s most established, award-winning filmmakers – from highly experienced fixers to internationally recognised cameramen and Oscar nominated directors. We combine know-how, creativity and an independent vision with local access and expertise. Our dream is to foster Yemen’s culture in the most challenging of times and preserve the essence of its past and present through the films we make.
Learning & Creativity
Our entire team as well as the freelancers we work with have taken part in training workshops led by members of our team (in documentary and fiction filmmaking, editing and more), ensuring that they adhere to our quality and ethical standards of filmmaking. Through our trainings, we try to meet another important objective: to promote the next generation of Yemeni filmmakers.
Of Yemen’s Film Network
Over the last 8 years, the founders of Comra Films have worked with, and also contributed to the emergence of some of Yemen’s most exciting new talent – independently or through their work with other collectives, amassing an unrivalled, burgeoning network of freelance media professionals from across the country.
Authentic & Independent
The ground upon which we stand is our perspective. We are a group of Yemeni film professionals who have always aimed to shed light on the most pressing issues our country faces. We are not attached to any state institutions, political factions or receive funding from any other stakeholders.
In 2007, Sara began freelancing for the BBC on a number of TV series covering the Middle East, before buying her own camera and traveling to Palestine for 3 months in 2010 to document the eviction of the Palestinian residents of El-Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem. In early 2011, she returned to Yemen as the country's 2011 uprising was unfolding and began covering events in Sanaa's 'Change Square', first disseminating the videos through her own youtube channel, until she was hired as a camerawoman for the BBC to cover events on the ground.
In 2011, she also began independently covering the tragic events of the 18th of March 'Friday of Dignity' massacre in the Yemeni capital Sana'a. This endeavour inevitably evolved into her debut film Karama Has No Walls (2012). This short doc went on to win multiple awards worldwide, followed by a nomination for a BAFTA Scotland New Talents Award (2012) and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2014 (the very first Oscar nomination for Yemen).
In 2011, she co-founded #SupportYemen media collective with a group of friends, including Karama Has No Walls assistant director, Abdurahman Hussain, in an attempt to break the silence on the media black-out on violations of human rights during and after the country's uprising.
In 2013, Sara completed her award-winning feature documentary film The Mulberry House, which deals with her relationship with her Yemeni family against the backdrop of the revolution.
After the outbreak of war in Yemen in 2015, Sara returned to Yemen and led the training of a creative Doc FIlm Camp at #SupportYemen media collective, alongside Abdurahman Hussain, which was the first of its kind in Yemen. Independently, with the support of the British Council, she later ran an arts workshop for children who had survived airstrikes on their homes.
In 2017, Sara co-founded Comra Films with Yousra Ishaq, Abdurahman Hussain and Osama Khaled who she had already worked closely with and/or trained over the years at #SupportYemen. She later stepped down from #SupportYemen to focus efforts on film trainings and creative productions at Comra Films.
Sara is currently based in Amsterdam where she co-manages Comra Films remotely, but returns to Yemen to continue working and teaching on the ground each year.
Independently, she is developing a documentary film on the current war in Yemen, along with her first fiction feature film, ``The Station``.
Besides filmmaking, Sara has been an avid yoga teacher since 2008, teaching extensively in Edinburgh, the West Bank, Sana'a & Cairo.
Osama was one of the main film directors and editors at Afro1 Productions, where he created a number of short documentary films during one of Yemen's most critical times of war and conflict, including Weddings into Funerals; We Want to Live!; Waiting for Justice, which document the voices of victims of the war in Yemen.
In 2017, Osama released his first short sci-fi feature film, The Helmet.
In 2018, she participated in the Comra Doc Film Camp through which she produced her debut documentary short ``A Pill`` which screened at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival later in the year. Soon after competing the doc camp, Sabreen joined the Comra Films team.
In 2018, he participated in the Comra Doc Film Camp through which he produced his debut documentary short ``When You Coming Home?`` which screened at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival later in the year. Soon after competing the doc camp, Abdurahman joined the Comra Films team.
She participated in social work and developing the Yemeni media content and helped with the making several short films: Cassette, Frame and Bump!
She made her debut short documentary ``Two Witnesses`` during her training at the Comra Doc Film Camp 2018. Soon after completing her training, Sarra joined the Comra Films team.