Sara Ishaq's film, Karama Has No Walls, has been named as one of eight that will compete for a spot in the short documentary category at the 86th Academy Awards in March next year.
Ms Ishaq's film documents March 18, 2011, when a protest in the Yemeni capital erupted in violence after plainclothed members of the security forces opened fire on demonstrators. More than 50 protesters were killed.
As well as showing scenes on the ground and footage from hospitals, the film addresses the human side of the day in interviews with two fathers whose sons were caught up in events.
Ms Ishaq, whose father is from Yemen, was born in Scotland but moved to the Arabic country when she was two and lived there until she was 17.
She directed the film while studying for her Master of Fine Arts at Edinburgh College of Art in 2011, and since then it has become a hit at various festivals around the world and has also been shown on Yemeni TV.