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A War Report from Mediaeval Times

Yemen, 1963

In September 1962 rebel officers overthrew the Imam EI Badr and proclaimed the Yemen Arab Republic in Sana’a’. The Imam was declared dead. However, royalist tribes in the North organised armed resistance to the Republic. Troeller/Defarge joined the monarchist warriors in search of the missing Imam. They found EI Badr and spent 6 weeks with the tribes of North Yemen, who were fighting against the young Republic and the allied Egyptian troops. This is a war report from a world where feudalism, theocracy, King and subjects have lost none of their original meaning.

a film by Gordian Troeller and Marie-Claude Deffarge
original title: Ein Kriegsbericht aus dem Mittelalter
camera: Gordian Troeller
black and white
41 minutes

This film only exists in a French version.

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