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Location: Birmingham Museum
4th October 2014 - 4th October 2014
Join award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Tina Gharavi to discover the men behind the portraits of Yemeni sailors shown in the exhibition ‘True to Life?’. Tickets cost £10 (£7 concessions), to book please call 0121 348 8120 or book on-line
AV room, 2-4pm
The portraits of Yemeni sailors, taken by Egyptian artist Youssef Nabil, formed part of a wider project to document one of the oldest Muslim communities in the UK by Tina Gharavi. Through this project she explored the remarkable history of the Yemeni sailors, who represent the last of the first –generation Yemeni seamen to settle in the north-east. Their histories tell of a story of successful integration and an important but little-known part of British immigrant history.
The event will include a showing of Tina Gharavi’s documentary film ‘Last of the Dictionary Men’ and be followed by a talk by her on the wider project to document the Yemeni community in South Shields,
Further information about the film can be found here
A book describing the 'Last of the Dictionary Men' project and Gharavi's films 'I am Nasrine' and 'King of South Shields' are for sale in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery shop.
Tina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter. Her work has been broadcast internationally (ITV/Channel Four (UK), Showtime (US) and selected for Sundance) and she is noted for documentary, fiction and cross-platform interactive work as well as using innovative techniques to bring untold stories of marginalised people and subjects to a mainstream audience and to empower those who can, to tell their own stories. Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship (
Image: The Yemeni Sailors of South Shields, 2006 by Youssef Nabil © the artist / Trustees of the British Museum
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum.
Tickets cost £10, Concessions £7.00 to book please call 0121 348 8120 or