[dir: Safa al-Ahmad | 2016 | 35m 7s]
Wars don’t just erupt and end, they don’t happen in a vacuum either. This event will highlight the ways in which the current Yemeni conflict is first and foremost a legacy of a series of past wars which started in 1914 and haven’t yet come to an end.
From the 1914 Battles with the Ottomans to the rise of Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s, to the outbreak of the civil war in the aftermaths of the 2011 uprisings, and the more recent military intervention by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, this event will shed light on the history of a decades-long conflict currently resulting in the ‘worst humanitarian crisis’ in the contemporary history of the Middle East and North Africa region.
The event will open with a screening of Emmy award-winning documentary Yemen Under Siege, followed by a panel discussion bringing together Saudi film director Safa al-Ahmad in conversation with UK-based historians with experience working on WWI legacies. The panel will be moderated by Dr Dima Saber, Senior Research Fellow at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University.
Presented by Dr Dima Saber, Birmingham City University, in partnership with the Voices of War & Peace: AHRC World War One Engagement Centre. Documentary courtesy Safa al-Ahmad and PBS Frontline.