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THE SIEGE OF MECCA

A FILM BY DIRK VAN DEN BERG

OUTREMER FILM AND K2 PRODUCTIONS PRESENT

STORY

On November 20th 1979, at 05:30 in the morning, hundreds of heavily armed men take over the Grand Mosque of Mecca. Within minutes, they transform the holiest shrine of Islam into a fortress - and a trap for almost 100.000 pilgrims inside. This is the beginning of the SIEGE OF MECCA.

The leader of the insurgents is 42-year-old Bedouin preacher and former National Guard corporal JUHAYMAN AL UTAYBI. He and his group demand the immediate abdication of the Saudi Royal Family, the expulsion of all foreigners and the Kingdom's return to the pure Islam of the first generations.

The ensuing 15 days of battle will cost hundreds if not thousands of lives, shake Saudi Arabia to its foundations, destabilise the Middle East and push the global balance of power to the brink of collapse.

PROTAGONISTS AND EXPERTS

Almost 40 years later, the "Siege Of Mecca" is still shrouded in mystery and protected by silence and fear.

After more than five years of research, director Dirk van den Berg and his international team have obtained exclusive access to first-hand accounts and private archives from Arab, French, German and American military, intelligence and civilian sources.

This film finally reveals what really happened during the siege, what consequences it had and how it still affects the world today.

THE SIEGE OF MECCA debunks the simplistic equations of "good" and "evil", "us" and "them", and the intricate historic, political and religious relations between the "Siege of Mecca" and Islamist Terrorism that is afflicting the world since 1979.



Written and directed by

DIRK VAN DEN BERG


Produced by

PASCAL VERROUST

K2 Productions, Paris

and

DIRK VAN DEN BERG

OutreMer Film, Berlin


Camera

HENRIK SAUER bvk

JULIA LOHMANN

AHMED FOUAD

OLIVIA FURTWÄNGLER


Sound Recordist

MATHIEU DESCAMPS


Editor

ANNE RIEGEL


Associate Producer Saudi Arabia - TAREQ ALDAKHILALLAH

Service Producer Saudi Arabia - MOHAMMED SENDI

DIT, Production Assistant Saudi Arabia - KHALED ALDAKHILALLAH

Field Producer Jordan - IHAB MUHTASEB

Production Manager France - NICO DI BIASE

Production Assistant France - SIHAM BEL

Administrators - OUMAR SAKHO, SAMUEL ATTIA, MARGITTA HEINECKE


Additional Camera USA - SINJUN BALABANOFF

Additional Sound Recordists - GAUTIER ISEM, JÖRG KRIEGER

Commissioning Editors

MARK EDWARDS - ARTE France

BARBARA BIEMANN - NDR Germany

CHRISTIANE HINZ - WDR Germany

RENÉ ALTHAMMER - RBB Germany

ESTHER SCHAPIRA - HR Germany

CHRISTOPH GUGGENBERGER - ORF Austria


Produced with the support of

ANNE GÈNEVAUX, Associate Producer INA

FFHSH Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein

PROCIREP - Société des Producteurs

The Regional Council of Ile-de-France, together with the CNC

RTS Radio Télévision Suisse - IRÈNE CHALLAND

& GASPARD LAMUNIÈRE


Special Production Consultant

CHRISTINE REISEN


World Sales

TOM KOCH, GERMAINE DEAGAN, PBS DISTRIBUTION


Technical supervisor - LAURENT LINDEBRINGS

Sound design and mix - DELPHINE THELLIEZ

Color Correction - CHRISTOPHE GAUTHIER

Video Supervisor - FLORIAN BARRAL

Post Production Supervision Arte Germany - PETER GOTTSCHALK

Producer German Version - RALPH SIEKAU


Research - JULIA CLAUSS, SIMONE SCHELK, CLARY MONAQUE

Translations - OHOUD ALADANI, IMEN BOUALI, RANA DIAB, OUSSAMA KHALBOUSS

Editing Trainees - GEOFFREY DINE, MARGAUX NUSSBAUMER

FILMMAKERS

CONTACTS

OUTREMER FILM GmbH

Güntzelstr. 41

10717 Berlin, Germany

phone +49 (0)30 555 77 1010

email info@outremerfilm.com

K2 PRODUCTIONS S.A.R.L.

14 Rue Charles V

75004 Paris, France

phone +33 (0)1 74 64 00 53

email info@k2productions.fr




For distribution requests please contact PBS International.

Creating this film has taken almost 5 years of tireless work

by talented people in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, Egypt, the USA, France and Germany.

While some prefer to remain unknown, here are the ones we can proudly call by name:

The producers wish to thank

HIS EXCELLENCY DR AWWAD AL ALAWWAD, BADER AL ASAKER and BADER AL HOUMOUD of the MISK FOUNDATION, SAMI ANGAWI, AWAD AL BADI, FRANK BÖSCH, FALEH AL DHAHRI, SAMAR FATANY, QASWRA HAFEZ, PATRICIA HAMBLEY, KHALED AL MOTTAIN, MUHAMMAD ALMUZAYNI, MICHAEL OHNMACHT, FLORIAN PEIL, SOWEYAN SAAD, BASMA BINT SAUD, FRANZISKA SCHIRMER


and

JULIE BERTUCCELLI, HÉLÈNE BOISSON, BASILE BORKENHAGEN, KARIM DAGHBOUCHE, JEAN-LOUIS ESQUIVIE, HERBERT GEHR, FRÉDÉRIC D'HAUTHUILLE, JOSEPH A. KECHICHIAN, ROBERT LACEY, SOPHIE LECHEVALIER, DAVID W. LESCH, WOLFGANG LORENZ, SUHA MAAYEH, AHMED MATER, THING NGUYEN, DIDIER PECHEUR, PIERRE PRIER, LUC RONAT, ANTIONE SANTANA, GUIDO STEINBERG, JIHAN TAHRI


and

ROXANA NADIM - LUDMILLA AND SYRINE VERROUST

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