VdR On Tour | Les chebabs de Yarmouk

Special screening of the film THE SHEBABS OF YARMOUK at cinema Oblò Lausanne on 2 June 2017, world premiere and award-winner at the Festival in 2013.


The Shebabs of Yarmouk

by Axel Salvatori-Sinz
France | 2013 | 78'

World premiere at Visions du Réel 2013
PRIX REGARD NEUF DU CANTON DE VAUD for the best first feature film
and special mention of the Interreligious Jury

Yarmouk is a district of Damascus created in 1957 which accommodates an (unofficial) camp for Palestinian refugees who fled Nakba (1948): concrete towers bristling with antennas, a camp becoming taller and taller... although it is far from reaching for the stars. Hassan, a theatre buff, loves this camp and its terraces overlooking the town; as for Ala'a, he has taken a detour to study film in Chile; Samer is attempting to avoid compulsory service in the Syrian army; and Tasneem and Waed are continuing their education. Les Chebabs du Yarmouk, as they call themselves, are a group of third-generation Palestinian friends. Stuck in a country where they grew up without ever feeling integrated, they dream, smoke, talk and help each other out, all under the gaze of Axel Salvatori-Sinz’s observant camera. The time of the Fedayeen and the nationalist revolution is long gone. The “chebabs” (a term designating young Palestinian fighters) are like a flock of pigeons flying over the rooftops of Yarmouk – a recurring motif in the film. The skies appear to belong to them, and yet their short flight always brings them back to the starting point.

General information

Friday 2 June 2017, 20:15
Cinema Oblò, Lausanne
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Special screening followed by a discussion around the Palestinian diaspora, with special guests Lisa Rostane from the Collectif Urgence Palestine and Rania Madi from the association BADIL.