A little over a year ago, Yarmouk was the largest Palestinian refugee camp in the world. A long-term siege by Syrian forces that killed 181 people, a brief ISIS reign, and a destructive bombing campaign by the Russian Federation later, Yarmouk has been almost completely battered and its inhabitants scattered across the world (or, for many, the next one). This real-time documentary witnesses some of the camp’s last moments of structured life.
I haven’t seen any of the Western produced, journalist-adjacent documentaries about the present Ukrainian conflict, but I suspect they have a doomsday gravitas to them—almost like propaganda to make the NATO-influenced world care. Little Palestine: Diary of a Siege is not made for the same audience, and it’s not made to make you care. It’s made for the besieged, for the Palestinians, for the Syrians in diaspora.
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