films – Cinema Akil

The Jump + Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege
Shuruq Harb & Abdallah Al-Khatib
| PG 13 | 99 | documentary | Arabic

Dir: Shuruq Harb

2020 | PG | Short Experimental | Arabic with English subtitles | 10’

‘The Jump’ explores the psychological terrains of leaping into the void, its potential sense of cosmic freedom, physical thrill, suspension and definitive end. The two main film protagonists- author, literary professor Wafa Darwish and psychologist, trauma healer Laila Atshan, reflect on their own experiences of seeking freedom and overcoming the limitations of their disability.

Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege 

Dir: Abdallah Al-Khatib

2021 | PG13 | Documentary | Arabic with English subtitles | 89’

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 saw Yarmouk as a refuge of rebels and resistance and set up a siege from 2013 on. Between 2011 and 2015, Abdallah Al-Khatib 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.