Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

  • Abdallah Al Khatib
  • Lebanon, France, Qatar
  • 2021
  • 89 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests
The district of Yarmouk (Damascus, Syria) sheltered the biggest Palestinian refugee camp in the world from 1957 to 2018.

When the Syrian revolution broke out, the regime of Bashar Al-Assad saw Yarmouk as a refuge of rebels and resistance and set up a siege from 2013 on. Gradually deprived of food, medicine and electricity, Yarmouk was cut off from the rest of the world.

Abdallah Al-Khatib was born in Yarmouk and lived there until his expulsion by Daesh in 2015. Between 2011 and 2015, he and his friends documented the daily life of the besieged inhabitants, who decided to face bombing, displacement and hunger with rallying, study, music, love and joy.

Credits

Director
Abdallah Al Khatib
Production
Mohammad Ali Atassi for Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Jean-Laurent Csinidis for Films de Force Majeure

Contact

World Sales
Lightdox
Festival Handling
Anna Berthollet for Lightdox

More information

Available versions
89, DCP
Spoken languages
Arabic

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