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The Siege of Sana’a

North-Yemen, 1967

In 1967, President Nasser of Egypt withdrew his support for the Yemen Arab Republic, and ordered his troops home. The Royalists, thinking their hour of victory had come, laid siege to the city of Sana’a and mounted an attack. However, within the besieged town citizens organised themselves into militias. Arms were being supplied by the People’s Republic of China. The attack was warded off. The film shows the defence of besieged Sana’a.

a film by Gordian Troeller and Marie-Claude Deffarge
original title: Im belagerten Sanaa
camera: Gordian Troeller
black and white

The film is lost. If anyone knows the whereabouts of a print we would be grateful if they could contact us.

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