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Three children sit in the backseat of a car, their parents in the front seat in the foreground.

The Burdened

  Amr Gamal

  Yemen, Sudan, Saudi Arabia     90 minutes


Aden, Southern Yemen. Married couple Isra’a and Ahmed are in trouble. Already struggling to make ends meet for their three young children, the beleaguered parents receive some unsettling news: Isra’a is pregnant. Forced to make a difficult decision in the best interest of their family, the two decide to procure an abortion.

The Burdened patiently tracks the couple’s odyssey as they navigate the hostile bureaucracy of their conservative, wartorn surroundings. Expertly composed long takes and magnetic lead performances lend a realism to the narrative, as Isra’a and Ahmed traverse the city to bribe doctors, falsify medical records, and do everything they can to keep their family together. Based on true events, the film is a timely examination of life in modern day Yemen and a passionate rendering of one family’s fight to survive.

 Arabic with subtitles 

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Film Credits

  •   Mohsen Alkhalifi, Amr Gamal
  •   Mazen Refaat, Amr Gamal
  •   Mrinal Desai
  •   Khaled Hamdan, Abeer Mohammed, Samah Alamrani, Awsam Abdulrahman
  •   Adenium Productions


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