Swedish explorer Mikael Strandberg spent 2 1/2 years making a film that shows a different side of Yemen than the negative news that you see and read in the media. He bought a camel and travelled across some of the hottest deserts on earth.
That is what all experts, analysts and the Yemenis themselves told the Swedish traveller Mikael Strandberg. But he has done the impossible. He has made his way into what many say is one of the most difficult countries in the world to enter, and one of the most dangerous.
We didn’t meet any terrorists, religious extremists and nobody got killed. I didn’t even feel any serious fear. What we found during this adventurous walk, in our search of the real Arabia, was a Middle Eastern country very different from the one portrayed in the global media.
Together with the Swedish journalist, Tanya Holm, Kensington the Camel and a few of the oldest inhabitants of Arabia, the Bedus he has travelled through one of the hottest deserts on earth. They didn’t meet any terrorists, religious extremists and nobody got killed. They didn’t even feel any serious fear. What they found during this adventurous walk, in their search of the real Arabia, was a Middle Eastern country very different from the one portrayed in the global media.
Join Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Studies of Muslim Civilisations to watch the documentary and hear more from Mikael Strandberg about his exploratory journey in Yemen.
Tuesday 20 June 2017, 18.00 – 19.30
AKU-ISMC – 210 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DA (2nd floor, room 2.3)
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- Read more: Making a positive documentary about Yemen
- Photographs (official website)
- Mikael Strandberg – Official website
Mikael Strandberg started his career as a traveller 31 years ago. He is currently working as a motivational speaker, photographer, writer, tourist guide, blogger and producer of documentaries. He has received awards from Explorers Club in London, The Travellers Club of Sweden, and Travellers Club in Finland.
Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) is based in London. The institute aims to strengthen research and teaching about the heritage of Muslim societies, with specific attention to the challenges these societies face in contemporary settings.