Yarmouk, journal d'un assiégé, un film des Films de Force Majeure

Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

Director: Abdallah Al-Khatib
89 minutes | Lebanon, France, Qatar

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, who decided to face bombing, displacement and hunger with rallying, study, music, love and joy.

Hundreds of lives were irredeemably transformed by war and siege – from Abdallah’s mother, who turned into a nurse taking care of the elderly at the camp, to the fiercest activists whose passion for Palestine got gradually undermined by hunger…


Production: Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Films de Force Majeure

France Distribution: Dulac Distribution

World sales: Lightdox

Release: January 12, 2022




Doha Film Institute, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programm, Arab Found for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Aljazeera Documentary, Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy), International Media Support (IMS), Région Sud, in partnership with the CNC, L’Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Institut Français,  Creative Europe – MEDIA programm of the European Union, Bourse Brouillon d’un rêve de la Scam et du dispositif La Culture avec La Copie Privée, PROCIREP – Producers society, ANGOA, Studio Lemon

This project was selected at
Qumra 2021, Pitching du réel 2020, IFP Week 2020

This film was part of
Palestine Film Institute PFI/CNC Workshop de développement – Cannes 2019


Director & writer: Abdallah Al-Khatib
Editing: Qutaiba Barhamji
Artistic advisor: Ahmad Amro
Sound design and mix: Pierre Armand
Color grading: Michael Derrossett
Production manager: Nora Bertone
Producers: Mohammad Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csinidis

Technical sheet

Format 16/9
Sound 5.1, stéréo
Length 89 minutes
Languages Arab with French or English subtitles


Tous les festivals auxquels Films de Force Majeure à participé en 2021

Cinemed – Prix Ulysse Decipro – (France)
IDFA – Best of fests – (Pays-Bas)
Palestine Cinema Days – Award for Best Documentary (Palestine)
Yamagata IDFF – Best Film (Japon)
West Lake IDF (Chine)
Mostra – São Paulo IFF – Honorable Mention (Brésil)
Syrian Doc Days (Danemark)
Filmfest Hamburg – Commerzbank – Audience Award (Allemagne)
International Film Festival Vancouver – Impact Audience Award (Canada)
IFFI – International Film Festival Innsbruck – Best Film at Documentary (Autriche)

MIDBO International Documentary Film Festival Bogotá (Colombie)
BFI London (UK)
Festival de Cinéma En ville! – Jury Prize (Belgique)
Subversive Festival – Special Mention (Croatie)
FiFiB Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux – Bordeaux (France)
CineMed – Montpellier (France)
Festival Droits humains et Environnement – Saint-Paul-trois-chateau (France)
Festival 2 Valenciennes – Best Film, Students Prize (France)
War on Screen – Press Jury Award – Chalons-en-Champagne (France)
International Film Festival de Guanajuato (GIFF) – Special Mention from Jury (Mexique)
Dokufest (Kosovo)
Carthage Film Festival – Tanit d’Or (Tunisie)
États Généraux du Film Documentaire, Lussas, Sélection Expérience du Regard (France)
ACID Cannes (France)
Visions du Réel – Interreligious Prize (Suisse)