Afrah Nasser
Last updated: 23 December, 2014

Yemeni creatives invite you to understand Sana’a – don’t miss their exceptional new video

Blogger and writer Afrah Nasser has seen the short video "The Melody of our Alienation" and immediately got goosebumps. You will too.


My city.

Sana’a is the heart of Yemen; it’s one of the oldest continuously populated places in the world. A city of contrast. You hate it and love it at the same time.

هي الداء والدواء.

Here is an invitation to see, and not merely to look, but to see Sana’a through some of the most creative young people’s eyes – the #SupportYemen organization. It’s an invitation to understand the resistance of this city and it’s continuous attempt to stay sane amidst the madness. Some described the video as a sigh of despair, which is understandable, given what Sana’a has gone through especially from 2011 and onward – bloodsheding has been the loudest language. Nevertheless, the goosebumps I got while watching meant nothing but realizing the spirit of my city. It’s simply a chance to remember that where life exists, there’s always hope.

The short video’s beauty comes from all that amazing mixture of great cinematography, genuine scenes, amazing choice of poetry, the compelling narration, the music… just so beautiful.

It’s been nearly four years since I left Sana’a. I know that I can always have a glimpse of it through “The Melody of Our Alienation” and I’ll let all those tears fall over and over and over again.

ولابد من صنعاء وإن طال السفر…

This post originally appeared on Afrah’s blog.

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