New Directors Competition
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. 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.
Presented at Visions du Réel and at L’ACID Cannes.
ESPAÇO ITAÚ DE CINEMA - FREI CANECA 3
CIRCUITO SPCINE LIMA BARRETO - CCSP
Mohammad Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csinidis
Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Films de Force Majeure
Born in Yarmouk, Siria, in 1989. He studied sociology at the University of Damascus. Before the revolution, he worked for the UN as coordinator of activities and volunteers and created the humanitarian aid association Wataad, with several friends, which carried out dozens of projects in several regions of Syria. Al-Khatib currently lives in Germany, where he was granted refugee status. Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege is his feature film debut.