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Khadija Al Salami
Khadija Al-Salami is Yemen’s first woman film-maker, and has made some 20 documentaries for various TV stations in France and Yemen. Many of her films focus on women. This is a reflection of her life experience. At age eleven her family forced her into an early, unhappy marriage.
After her divorce she remained independent of family pressure and local tradition by finding employment at the local television station. There she worked afternoons while attending school in the mornings.
At the age sixteen she earned a scholarship to the United States where she studied film-making. Her first film, for her thesis, was about Yemeni women.
In addition to film-making, with her husband, Khadija has written an autobiography, “The Tears of Sheba”. Currently, she is the Press Counselor and Director of the Communication Center at the Embassy of Yemen in Paris.
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