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Istikshaf Second conference for "Mobility and Freedom of Movement" on March 15-17 2014
The Mulberry House film provokes international interest

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 Istikshaf Second conference for "Mobility and Freedom of Movement" on March 15-17 2014

The second conference for the Istikshaf program on "Mobility and Freedom of Movement" will be launched in Amman mid March, as a collaboration between the Arab Education Forum and the Istikshaf Coalition.

The conference aims to be a forum for sharing experiences of the Arab and Euro-Mediterranean region on the impact of mobility on learning and the effect of allowing artists, social entrepreneurs, youth and policy makers to share and reflect their experiences on mobility and how it impacted their professional journeys.

Stakeholders including researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners will be invited to share their research, stories and know-how and experiences to teach and inspire each other.
The conference will also address many challenges and obstacles faced by the youth, artists, and activists nowadays in their quest for travel for the sake of education and art, and will propose practical solutions at various levels; governmental, parliamentary, and civil society tailored to every country in the region.

The conference seeks to present research papers on policies relevant to the impact of mobility. It also opens the door to presenting stories on mobility that reflect its impact on the personal and professional levels, Along with presenting the best practices and inspirational models, which could be replicated by other groups in other contexts.

The conference will also propose practical policy recommendations in relation to the four policy areas in Istikshaf national agenda, in addition to expanding the supporters and participants base of the Istikshaf coalition, including the official institutions.

Istikshaf Program in the Arab and Euro-Mediterranean region was launched in December 2010 by the Arab Education Forum Safar Program in collaboration with Roberto Cimetta Fund and other partners from the Mediterranean Arab countries.

Istikshaf started with the aim of developing an interactive platform to discuss artistic mobility around the Mediterranean, as well as providing mobility opportunities for artists across the Mediterranean. After three years, Istikshaf developed into an advocacy body for mobility and a coalition that bases its advocacy action on thorough scientific research and grassroots work.

 The Mulberry House film provokes international interes

After winning a grant from Safar Program, Producer Mustafa Yousef travelled to Yemen, where he worked with Director and filmmaker Sara Ishaq to complete shooting her long documentary The Mulberry House.

The Mulberry House is considered highly prominent within the art circles and was selected in the list of documentary cinema for 2013 and classified under top talents. The film was presented in Amsterdam and Dubai, and was selected among Al-Muhr Arab Documentary in Dubai International Film Festival held in December 2013.

Over two months, Sarah filmed family discussions that address many current critical issues in Yemen. One and a half years after the Yemeni revolution, personal freedoms and equality issues became apparent on many levels.

The Land of the Fathers film, according to the portrayed discussions, does not provide solutions, suggestions or preconceptions except for those presented by the characters that are affected by the situation.

Sarah started the film with an attempt to face and renounce her people "the Arabs", in order to get her Western freedom. However, today she is struggling for her freedom as a modern Yemeni woman, in a country which is changing and evolving.
Now she realized, more than ever, that her combined identity impose her role inside her home country, Yemen.

Hence, the journey made through the film is a journey for reconciliation and change, rather than confrontation and migration. This journey, as well as her relatives struggle for a new Yemen, brought Sarah closer to her people, instead of leading her away from them.
Sarah Ishaq, whose first film Karama Has No Walls" [Karama is Arabic for dignity] was nominated to the Academy Awards for the Best Documentary Short film, documented her biography in The Mulberry House after 10 years of absence, from her homeland, Yemen.

In this film; Sarah Ishaq, a Yemeni-Scot filmmaker, flies back to Yemen in an attempt to regain the links she had with her roots. In a statement, Ishaq declared that The Mulberry House is a fifty percent biography, but she also sees that it highlights the social and political situation in Yemen through a family experience as a whole, and her cousin, who was imprisoned during the revolution."

She added that "this biography underpins the return to my origins in Yemen after a long absence, as well as the evolution of my relationship with my father".

The film crew faced an obstacle that almost cancelled the film when the women of the family refused to show before the camera as it is a taboo among the local Yemeni women, yet Ishaq managed to convince them so that the film is completed.

Despite that the filmmaker announced that she did not intend to send a political message in this documentary, it is naturally clear that the Yemeni revolution against the former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh did not succeed in eliminating the corruption in Yemen.

The films name was chosen when Ishaq started filming in her familys house in February 2011, which is the berries blossom season. She says "the mulberry tree in my grandfather's house resembles continuity. The berries blossom and picking the fruits later on is like a family joining the revolution and enjoying the accomplishments of the Arab Spring in Yemen".

She adds that "the mulberry tree stops bearing fruit and remain barren for three seasons until it blossoms again in the spring. I think that Yemen is currently infertile, but I think that the tree of life will bear fruit soon."

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