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Director Abdallah Al-Khatib was born in the refugee camp in the Yarmouk district in Syria, once home to the country’s largest Palestinian refugee population. When the war in Syria broke out, Syrian government forces laid the camp under siege. Nearly 20 000 people were closed off from the outside world, subjected to bombing and denied food and medicine. Al-Khatib’s documentary depicts life in the camp from 2011 to 2015, when the camp came under the control of the Islamic State.

Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege)is a striking documentation of the bleak and heartbreaking conditions during the siege, but also an invaluable report from the inside of a community where life goes on in spite of the falling bombs, and an affectionate portrait of inhabitant’s culture, unity and resilience.

Atli Bjarnason


Abdallah Al-Khatib is Palestinian-Syrian filmmaker. He was born in the Yarmouk camp and lived there until 2015. He is now based in Germany. In 2016 Al-Khatib received the Per Anger award for his work for human rights. Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege), his directorial debut, has received awards at numerous film festivals.

This film is part of

Documentary Competition program

Country Lebanon, France, Qatar

Year 2021

Director Abdallah Al-Khatib

Screenplay Abdallah Al-Khatib

Cinematography Abdallah Al-Khatib

Producer Mohammad Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csinidis

Production Company Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Films de Force Majeure

Runtime 1h 29m

Language Arabic

Subtitles English

Genre Documentary

Age limit 9

Links IMDb

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