Little Palestine - Diary of a Siege

Little Palestine - Diary of a Siege

World premiere: Visions du Reél 2021
Selected for Cannes ACID 2021

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.

Hundreds of lives were irredeemably transformed by war and siege - from Abdallah’s mother, who turned into a nurse taking care of the elderly at the camp, to the fiercest activists whose passion for Palestine got gradually undermined by hunger...

Lebanon, France, Qatar / 2021 / 89'

Written and directed by
Abdallah Al-Khatib
Mohammad Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csinidis
Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Films de Force Majeure
Qutaiba Barhamji
Artistic advisor
Ahmad Amro
Sound design and mix
Pierre Armand
Color grading
Michael Derrosset
Production manager
Nora Bertone
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