The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Dr. Alfred Jones is a fisheries consultant for the British government whose life is upended when he gets involved in a wild project funded by a wealthy sheik to introduce salmon into the waterways of Yemen for fly fishing. At first reluctant to take on this visionary endeavor, he is convinced to do so by Harriet, a beautiful high-powered management consultant.

Amr Waked (left) stars as Sheikh Muhammed
Amr Waked (left) stars as Sheikh Muhammed and Ewan McGregor as Alfred Jones in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

Lasse Hallstrom directs this thoroughly delightful drama that turns into a first-class examination of the different kinds of faith in our pluralistic world.

The Muslim sheik's life is shaped by his faith in Allah, whereas the scientist's faith is a work in process that is fascinating to watch as it unfolds. The friendship that blooms between these two very different men is inspiring.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a top-drawer meditation on Thomas Merton's observation: "The way of faith is necessarily obscure. We drive by night" (Sony Pictures, PG-13 some violence, sexual content, brief language).


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