Story Collective


The ancient island of Socotra is filled with beauty; much of it is natural, but much of it is also in the hidden and widely undocumented talent of its native culture, unlike any other in the world.

Introduced by the verses and Tentiroh of a local poet: Authman Abdullah Authman Beidhobo, we follow the lives and testimonies of both a Bedouin goat herder and a family of fishermen. Past and present meet as a generation struggles to preserve the fragile heritage of their oral tradition and with it, the community’s cultural sense and wisdom.

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Socotra Once and Today

‘This hauntingly beautiful documentary explores the social changes that have come to the remote Yemeni island of Socotra in recent years’, concluded the International Yemeni Film Festival in 2014.

The film won the Renata Award at the Muestra Internacional Documental Film Festival in Bogota, Colombia.

The documentary was directed by Felisa Jiménez Quintero and has screened on several film festivals in the United States and abroad. Cinematography by Maarten Kal. The documentary was screened by the Yemen Peace Project; the UCLA research library for Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and Friends of Socotra, and was broadcasted by Señal in Colombia.

Socotra Once and Today