The documentary Karama Has No More Walls, directed by Sara Ishaq while studying at Edinburgh College of Art, has just been shortlisted for an Oscar.
The film, which was made as part of Ishaq’s MFA and featured in the College’s Degree Show in 2012, is one of the eight short documentaries that will compete in the short documentary category at the Academy Awards next year.
Karama Has No Walls has already won several international awards. It encapsulates the events of 18 March 2011 in Yemen. More than 50 protesters were killed after midday prayers in the protest camp known as Change Square in Sana'a, Yemen.
The day became known as the 'Friday of Dignity' and was a turning point in the Yemeni uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Being shortlisted came as a massive shock. The response of the Yemeni public to such news has been one of elation and pride too, as it is the first film in Yemen to be considered for such a prestigious award, and especially since the subject matter of the film resonates deeply with so many Yemenis. I am delighted that the film has been able to get this far and that the message of our film is being heard.
The winner of the short documentary category will be announced at the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on 2 March 2014.
This is the second ECA Film graduate in the last two years to be shortlisted for an Oscar in the short documentary category.
Tali Yankelevich was nominated last year for her film The Perfect Fit, which she made after graduating in 2010 through the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap series.