documentary film…..photography…..multimedia…..

Sheffield Steel, Yemeni Dreams set for US festival premiere at The Yemeni Peace International FIlm Festival…..

In the 1950s and 60s, thousands of young men and boys came to the steel foundries of Sheffield from the rural farms of Yemen… They hoped for a better future for their families, but ultimately sacrificed their own emotional and social stability for this dream. Caught in an existence between Yorkshire and the Yemen, this is their story….

Screening in Los Angeles 17th-19th Jan, and in New York 25th-26th, alongside a wealth of film and arts devoted to building a fairer and more positive image of the Yemen across the globe, organised by the Yemeni Peace Project.

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Optical Jukebox are passionate about promoting social change and improving health through creative and compelling imagery. We transform real life stories into films and multimedia resources to inspire change and growth within our society, communities and organisations – whether the aim is engagement, education or ethnographic exploration.

Drawing on 25 years combined experience of public sector film making and professional practice as a nurse researcher, we offer a unique approach – forging creative vision with invaluable sector insight.

Founded in 2010 by Emma Vickers and Cathy Soreny, Optical Jukebox cover diverse topics, from dementia to experimental medicine, and involve people from community groups to frontline clinical staff. We work with Universities, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded research groups, NHS organisations and the voluntary sector.