Filmscreening and Q&A Film: ‘Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege)’ - Abdallah Al-Khatib

‘Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege)’ - Abdallah Al-Khatib ‘Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege)’ - Abdallah Al-Khatib

Tue, 07.12.2021

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM


In the framework of the Opening Halaqat Festival, we invite you together with Cinemamed to a film panorama of three documentaries from the arab world. The screenings will be followed by Q&As with two directors. 

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.

Abdallah Al-Khatib was born in 1989 in Yarmouk. He studied sociology at the University of Damascus. He created the humanitarian aid association Wataad, which carried out dozens of projects in several regions of Syria, and 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. In Sweden, he received the Per Anger Human Rights Award in 2016. Abdallah currently lives in Germany, where he was recently granted refugee status.

The European project Halaqat is implemented by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels. Halaqat is co-funded by the European Commission (under the designation: EU-LAS CULTURE), the Goethe-Institut and Bozar.