Thursday, April 2, 2009
these images are taken from an old ethnographic film shot in Yemen (Sana) in the 1920s or 1930s, by a Soviet filmmaker. Some of them are of the city's Jews, whose descendants, most likely, are now living in the colonial enclave of Israel. The Russian Arabic-language channel is an interesting mix of content, from Russian folk customs to news analysis to pieces on Muslims in Russia -- a mix of propaganda, culture, and information. This film was a treat. Unfortunately I didn't really understand the introduction or discussion.