2016 / 64 minutes

Directed by
Jordi Esteva
Country of production

The film is the story of a journey across the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Yemen. Socotra is isolated during the monsoon season, when it is impossible to land on it. This isolation has preserved a unique environment. Frankincense and myrrh trees grow freely. Ahmed Afrar, his companions and three cameleers with their animals trek to the mountains before the rainy season. During the trip, the Socotrians tell stories by the fire. During the night, the conversation turns to legends of djinns and monstrous snakes that dwell in the cavernous interior of the island.

Read an interview with the director here: https://raifilm.org.uk/socotra-the-island-of-djinns/

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest RAI/Basil Wright
Language and subtitles
Location(s) depicted
Socotra Island (Yemen)
Middle and Near East
Myths / Fairy tales Nomads and Nomadism Tourism / Travel / Pilgrimage Trade

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