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I go to Yemen to film a yemeni woman. The shooting stops a few days later because it puts her life in danger. What to film now that what I wanted to shoot in the first place turns out to be impossible?
“A woman’s mind and body in Yemen do not belong to herself. They belong to her husband.” When documentary director Sylvie Ballyot hears this from a woman who fled to France, she decides to go to Yemen with the woman to shot a documentary about the repressed sex and love of Yemeni women. But after just five days from her arrival, she gets banned from shooting and has to destroy, in front of the police, all the footage she had taken. Not knowing what to do, Sylvie starts to interview college students about love and happens to fall in love with the woman with whom she makes the documentary. As their love develops, her documentary becomes a love song that sews their passion for love and the depressed reality of Yemen together. As homosexuality is still a serious crime that can be punished by death in Yemen, they realize their love can jeopardize their lives. The cruel reality in Yemen is suffocating, but at the same time, the whispers of love between these two women is heartening. (Jay SOHN)
Sylvie BALLYOTSylvie BALLYOT
After having graduated from the FEMIS, Sylvie Ballyot turned to experimental cinema to direct her first pictures. Intimate diary, documentary essays, short fictions, of which Alice knew a loud success in festivals with Like father like daughter, she deals with the complexity of a relationship between a father and his daughter.