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Al Yarmouk Ghetto

Spring Grants 2019 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION

Abdullah Al Khatib / Feature Documentary / Syria, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Women, Social Issues, War, Youth, Immigration, Psychological, Based on a True Story, Identity, Creative Documentary

Synopsis

At the beginning of the Syrian revolution, Yarmouk camp near Damascus was subject to shelling and siege imposed by the Syrian regime until the complete destruction of the camp and the displacement of all its inhabitants in 2018. During this siege, the remaining residents suddenly found themselves without food, medicine, electricity or water. The film tells the story of a group of friends, who tried to face the siege, hunger and death through civil and volunteer work helping children and the elderly to bear the horrors of the situation. Filmmaker Abdullah Khatib accompanied by his mother (Oum Mahmoud), friend Firas, and English Literature professor (Abu Raafat) are four different personalities spanning four generations whose lives interconnect to illustrate the siege of Yarmouk camp. War has irrevocably altered the lives of these characters. Oum Mahmood from a housewife and mother of six children, to a relief worker and a nurse, Firas from a psychologist to a farmer and a cook, Abu Raafat from an English teacher to an unofficial spokesperson for the victims, and Abdullah from a UN employee to a photographer, filmmaker and entertainer for children. In the end, they all find themselves diverging onto different paths—changed forever by the conflict.

Credits

Director
Abdullah Al Khatib
Screenwriter
Abdullah Al Khatib
Producer
Mohammed Ali Atassi

About the Director

Abdullah AlKhateeb studied sociology at the University of Damascus. Prior to the revolution, he worked as coordinator of activities and volunteers and at UNRWA as the coordinator of the Youth Support Center in Yarmouk. He founded, with friends, a social association, active in the field of relief carrying out dozens of projects in several areas in Syria, most notably Yarmouk camp. He participated in directing and filming short films that depicted life in the camp. German magazine Peace Green selected him as a peacemaker in 2014, and he was also awarded the Per Anger Human Rights Award from Sweden in 2016.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Mohammad Ali Atassi

    Company: 
    Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts
    Phone: 
    +9611443026
    Email: 
    director@bidayyat.org

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