The audience's favourite... The Mulberry House!

24/09/2014

The audience's favourite... The Mulberry House!

Each year we ask our audiences to rate each of the feature films they see out of 5, giving their own star ratings.

This year we’re delighted to announce that The Mulberry House was the audience’s favourite, receiving a majority of 5 out of 5 stars.

The Mulberry House is a very personal account of the Yemen Uprising, directed by Yemeni-Scottish activist Sara Ishaq who returned to her Father and Gradfather's home in Sana'a at the heart of an emerging revolution.

Director Sara Ishaq (pictured) came to Berwick from Cairo to meet her audience and to answer questions about the film. Hosting the Q&A was the BBC World Service’s Alexandra Buccianti.

Sara said today "I'm delighted to learn that The Mulberry House was received with such positivity at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and would like to extend a warm 'thank you' to the lovely audiences who took the time to attend, and for being a remarkably easy crowd to share such a personal story with. I'd also like to thank the Festival for screening The Mulberry House in the first place - the subject of which raises questions about national identity amidst social and political upheaval (what it meant to be 'Yemeni' during Yemen's 2011 uprising) - and for doing so on the very day the people of Scotland (myself included) were questioning what it really means to be 'Scottish'. The timing of the screening and the wonderful location of Berwick Upon Tweed (that serendipitously straddles the line between two national identities) made it a particularly pertinent and memorable experience for me all round. Thank you all."

88% of all features screened at the Festival received entirely 4 or 5 star ratings.

Photograph by Joe Haydon.