Audience Choice – BEST of the FEST Documentary – “Yemeniettes”
Directed by Shawn Thompson
This uplifting documentary helps give us hope that young Muslim girls might just have a chance for a better future. Three Yemeni teenage girls enter a youth Middle Eastern entrepreneurial competition, with their innovative solar-panel powered devices, designed to compensate for the frequent electrical grid outages in their country.
Luckily, their unusually open-minded parents “support” the girls’ ambitions, despite community pressure not to allow their daughters to pursue non-traditional female vocations. Along the way, the girls encounter the hardships of a country scarred by a broken educational system, joblessness, and a threatening Al-Qaeda presence.
Synopsis written by Kathy Goll
Shawn David Thompson was born in 1967 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA. He is an editor and actor, known for Shotgun Wedding (2003), West from North Goes South (2004) and Flypaper (2005).
Jeremy Profe / USA / 2015 / 1 hour 27 minsThis much-anticipated feature film — shows audiences what they don't know about the night John Lennon was killed. The events unfold as seen through the eyes of those who lived it — the good men and women of NYC who did all they could to save a life, some not even knowing it was John Lennon himself. For the first time in decades, the doctor and nurses break their silence about what really happened in the operating room. Based on a true story.