50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East


Khadija Al-Salami, Yemen

Khadija Al-Salami, Yemen

Khadija Al-Salami is considered the first female producer in Yemen. She was married at age 11, but later divorced and pursued her education, eventually becoming the press and cultural official at the Yemeni Embassy in Paris. Women's lives figure prominently in her 20-some documentaries, including one about a female prisoner. After filming during Yemen's unrest last year, she told The New York Times that she wanted to compare Yemeni and Tunisian women and “the roles they played in the revolutions.”

Credit: Photo by Filippo Zambon, Nisimazine.eu

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