The Reluctant Revolutionary
Kais, a 35-year-old Yemeni tour guide from Sana’a, the country’s capital, is shepherding a group of foreign tourists around the countryside when he receives word that he must quickly get his group out of the country: an uprising has begun. Kais returns to Sana’a with one remaining client in tow, journalist and filmmaker McAllister. Over the course of a year, Kais becomes our reticent on-the-ground guide to a revolution. At first he is cynical. A family man struggling to make ends meet, he has always supported current President Saleh’s international outlook. But as McAllister encourages him to visit Change Square, where anti-government protesters have taken over the city, Kais’ opinion begins to change. Through his eyes, we see events unfolding in the peace camps—reactions to killings, defections, the President’s failure to sign a peace deal—and we understand what the revolution means to ordinary Yemenis. Shannon Abel
Co-Presented with Co-presented with [Canadian Association of Journalists](http://www.caj.ca/).