100 most powerful Arab women 2013
Thu 28 Feb 2013 12:58 PM
Khadija Al Salami
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Khadija Al Salami

Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Filmmaker

Country: Yemen

Occupation: Filmmaker

Yemen’s first female director, Salami has had an arduous journey from childhood to filmmaker. She escaped her Yemeni homeland at the age of 16 after being forced into marriage at the age of 11 heading to the US where she studied film making before settling down in France. She has made several TV documentaries about her country and the marginalisation of women. Al Salami has made 20 documentaries and retains the cultural and press counsellor post at the Embassy of Yemen in Paris.