Middle East matters

'Follow Me': One man's mission to become a social media influencer

In this edition, we speak to Algerian filmmaker Asri Bendacha. He is the director of the Netflix documentary "Follow Me", about what it takes to become a social media influencer. He tells us what inspired him to make the film - and how many Instagram followers he has.


Also, in Iran, Oscar-winning film director Asghar Farhadi is among dozens of celebrities who have taken to the internet to protest US sanctions. Some Iranians are also using the hashtag #sanctionstargetme. Our correspondent Reza Sayah reports on how these celebrities are using their influence to speak out on behalf of ordinary Iranians.

And in Yemen, a UN-brokered truce for the strategic port city of Hodeida remains fragile. The ceasefire between government forces and Houthi rebels came into effect on Tuesday, but clashes have already been reported. The truce was agreed on last week in Stockholm after the first negotiations between the warring parties in two years.

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