is an OSCAR® and BAFTA nominated Yemeni-Scottish filmmaker, based in Amsterdam.
In 2011, while pursuing an MFA in Film Directing at the Edinburgh College of Art, Sara documented Yemen's 'Arab Spring' as a BBC camerawoman. She also filmed her debut film Karama Has No Walls (2012), which won multiple awards worldwide, and was later nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talents Award (2012) and an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2014.
In 2013, her feature documentary film The Mulberry House premiered at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) and toured over 50 international film festivals. It received the Jury Prize at This Human World Film Festival in Vienna and the Audience Favourite Award at Berwick Film Festival, along with several other nominations. It was released theatrically in Austria and aired on Al-Jazeera English.
Sara has since worked extensively as director, researcher, local producer for international TV outlets such as BBC, Channel 4 and AJ and has been on a number of film jury committees such as BFI London Film Awards, BBC Aan Korb Film Festival, IDFA Bertha Fund, and others.
Sara is co-founder of Comra Films, a Yemen-based film foundation for creative film productions and training, and is currently developing her first Fiction Feature film, 'The Station', which was selected to participate in the 2020 L’Atelier de la Cinéfondation at the Festival de Cannes.
Since 2015, Sara has been leading creative documentary film training in Yemen. In 2017, Sara co-founded Comra Films - a Yemen Based Foundation, which aims to provide filmmakers inside war-torn Yemen, who have no access to film training, with the tools and support necessary to tell their stories to the world.
Comra Doc Camp 2018
Talks & Screenings
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