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THE RELUCTANT REVOLUTIONARY (2012) - Sean McAllister Retrospective


  • year. 2012

  • country. UK

  • run-time. 70min

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Weekend pass for all four Sean McAllister films - £21.50

Doors 1PM

Film 1.30PM

Told through the eyes of struggling 35 year-old tour guide Kais, an astute observer of Yemen’s political changes, The Reluctant Revolutionary is an intimate portrait of Yemen as the revolution unfolds, captured intimately from the perspective of someone who turns from government supporter to passionate protester. Filmed over a year, with access to a country where no other journalists or filmmakers were permitted, we witness Kais' journey, first appearing as a pro-President citizen, but later lining up alongside angered protesters in Sana'a’s increasingly bloody streets.

Also showing as part of our Sean McAllister retrospective (Sat 03/11- Sun 04/11): A Syrian Love Story, Japan: A Story of Love and Hate, A Northern Soul + director Q&A

McAllister has achieved something incredible here. The Reluctant Revolutionary is a stunningly humane portrait that shows vividly what’s at stake before leaving it bloody on the Formica floor of a battered concrete building
— Film School Rejects
Breathless pace, a sense of black humor and a great central character make The Reluctant Revolutionary one of the most immediate and accessible descriptions of the Arab Spring yet to emerge... Colorful and easily understandable... McAllister’s ability to capture the irony and sheer paradox of situations pulls the viewer into the action
— The Hollywood Reporter