The President’s Man & his Revolutionary Son 36:00, 2012 (Ref: ME12797)



Documentary produced for the BBC gets an inside look into the last months of long-time Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime. He was in power in Yemen for over 33-years. We meet Saleh himself and his associates, giving them an opportunity to tell their own side of the story. We explore the division between Abdu Al Janadi, Yemen’s deputy minister of Information, and his son Abu Thar, a doctor who works in Taiz and who was opposed to the Saleh regime. Their division seemed to epitomize the situation in Yemen. We travel to Taiz, where the protests began, to meet Dr Abu Thar Al Janadi, as well as spending time in Change Square so as to understand the demands of the protesters and why they are so adamant that Yemen is in need of change. At the time this film was made, protests in Yemen were fairly minor in scale. They had started in Taiz, arguably the country’s most modern city, but had not yet generated momentum the way the uprisings had elsewhere. However, on February 21st, 2011, a group of university students decided to set up camp at the gates of Sana’a University and, day-by-day, more people joined their ranks. Incredibly, a small outpost quickly became a tent-city of thousands. “Taghyeer (Change) Square” was born.

NOTE: Transcript of film included – on request – with an Education License