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Little Palestine - Diary of a Siege

فلسطيننا الصغيرة

Lebanon, France, Qatar
2021 — 83 min / Colour

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Synopsis

During the Syrian civil war, the district of Yarmouk, home to thousands of Palestinians, became the scene of dramatic and ferocious fighting. Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege) is a film that follows the destiny of civilians during the brutal sieges, imposed by the Syrian regime, that took place in the wake of the battles. With his camera, Abdallah Al-Khatib composes a love song to a place that proudly resists the atrocities of war.

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Directors' Biography

Abdallah Al-Khatib was born in 1989 in Yarmouk. He studied sociology at the University of Damascus. Before the revolution, he worked for the UN as coordinator of activities and volunteers. He created the humanitarian aid association Wataad, with several friends, which carried out dozens of projects in several regions of Syria, and in particular in Yarmouk. He participated in several documentary films relating the life of the Yarmouk camp, notably being one of the cameramen of 194. Us Children of the Camp which premiered at Visions du Réel in 2017. The German magazine Peace Green identified him as one of the 2014 “peacemakers”. In Sweden, he received the Per Anger Human Rights Award in 2016. Abdallah currently lives in Germany, where he was recently granted refugee status.

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Director

Abdallah Al-Khatib

Producer

Mohammad Ali Atassi

Jean Laurent Csinidis

Cinematography

Abdallah Al-Khatib

Editing

Qutiba Barhamje

Sound

Pierre Armand

Screenings & Awards

Visions du Réel , Switzerland, 2021
Interreligious Award