Expedition Jemen: 52 grader i skuggan (2013)

Explorer Mikael Strandberg, his partner Tanya and the camel Kensington walks through the Al Mahra desert.


Mikael Strandberg


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"You'll die. Or get kidnapped by Al Qaeda. What you want to do is impossible!" That is what all experts, analysts and the Yemenis themselves told me. But I have done the impossible. I have made my way into what many say is one of the most difficult countries in the world to enter, and one of the most dangerous. Together with the Swedish journalist, Tanya Holm, Kensington the Camel and a few of the oldest inhabitants of Arabia, the Bedus, I have traveled through one of the hottest deserts on earth. We didn't meet any terrorists, religious extremists and nobody got killed. I didn't even feel any serious fear. What we found during this adventurous walk, in our search of the real Arabia, was a Middle Eastern country very different from the one portrayed in the global media. Yemen is far too often painted as the axis of evil in media as regards to Al Qaeda, deadly drones and being a country near collapse. This is wrong. It is true it is a divided country, this oldest of all Arab countries.... Written by Mikael Strandberg

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Swedish | Arabic

Release Date:

29 August 2013 (Sweden) See more »

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SEK 860,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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A unique form of documentary film
30 January 2016 | by matthewtraverSee all my reviews

I very much enjoyed watching Mikael's documentary on Yemen. My previous knowledge and understanding of the country was quite limited prior to watching this, so I found that his film gave me an opportunity to learn a lot about the country's history, general politics and culture. I also very much appreciated the style of the documentary combining an adventurous expedition with factual film/reportage - a genre that I think is generally under utilized and carries with it the dual ability to entertain and inform an audience! I very much look forward to watching more of Mikael's work in the future and I hope to one day make it to Yemen myself, thanks to this film.

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