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Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

OT: Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

Abdallah Al-Khatib // Lebanon, France, Qatar, 2021
Documentary Feature // FF2021
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DOCUMENTARY An intense film diary recorded by Abdallah Al-Khatib of the besieging of his district in the Syrian civil war which develops its own aesthetic of starvation. Yarmouk, a borough of the Syrian capital Damascus, was from 1957 to 2018 the largest Palestinian refugee camp in the world. When the Syrian revolution broke out, the Assad regime regarded Yarmouk as a rebel refuge and began besieging it in 2013 – Yarmouk was cut off from the outside world. Armed with nothing but a camera, Abdallah Al-Khatib filmed everyday life during the siege and thus gave the inhabitants back the dignity taken from them by Assad’s bombs.


ABDALLAH AL-KHATIB (*1989) lived in his home town of Yarmouk until he was driven out in 2015 by the IS. Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege had its world premiere at the documentary film festival in Nyon and won the ecumenical prize.



Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

Documentary Feature



Lebanon, France, Qatar


89 min

OV with English subtitles

Abdallah Al-Khatib

Abdallah Al-Khatib

Mohammad Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csinidis

Pierre Armand

Qutaiba Barhamji


Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts; Films de Force Majeure

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