SAFA ALAHMAD

Safa al-Ahmad is a journalist and filmmaker who has directed documentaries for PBS and the BBC focusing on uprisings in the Middle East. Her film ‘Saudi’s Secret Uprising’ was the first documentary of its kind to document the historically unprecedented protests in the kingdom. An investigation that took over a year was the first documentary to be jointly produced and simultaneously aired by BBC English, Arabic and Farsi. Her work on Yemen spans almost a decade and reflects the bloody trajectory of the conflicts within the country and their international impact. “The Fight for Yemen,” which was produced for the BBC and PBS's Frontline, Safa was one of the few journalists reporting to international news organizations from the ground during the crisis between Houthi rebels, militant groups, and the government. Her follow-up film "Yemen Under Siege", which took a close-up look at the staggering human toll of the conflict in Yemen, took home two Emmy Awards in 2017.She is also the winner of the 2015 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Journalism, the El Mundo award for journalism for her body of work in 2015, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) in 2015 and the Association of International Broadcasting (AIB) Best International Investigation for her film 'Saudi's Secret Uprising' in 2014. She was twice a finalist for the Rory Peck 2012-2014 Sony Impact Award. Her writing on the Arab uprisings was published in an anthology ‘Writing Revolutions’ published by Penguin. It won an English Pen award.

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