‘The Burdened’ wins big at Chicago film fest
DUBAI: Yemeni film “The Burdened” this week won the Gold Hugo Award as part of the New Directors Competition at the 59th Chicago International Film Festival.
Shot in director Amr Gamal’s home city of Aden, the film follows the struggle of married couple Isra’a and Ahmed as they try to make the best of life in the poverty-stricken country.
Isra’a is pregnant. They already have three children and with school fees due, they know they can’t afford a fourth. The couple decide on an abortion — an extremely difficult process in the deeply conservative country.