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THE SIEGE OF MECCA

A FILM BY DIRK VAN DEN BERG

OUTREMER FILM AND K2 PRODUCTIONS PRESENT

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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

and

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

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




Creating this film has taken almost 5 years of tireless work by many

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

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

The producers wish to express their special gratitude to

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, HERBERT GEHR, QASWRA HAFEZ, PATRICIA HAMBLEY, KHALED AL MOTTAIN, MUHAMMAD ALMUZAYNI, MICHAEL OHNMACHT, FLORIAN PEIL, SOWEYAN SAAD, BASMA BINT SAUD, ANDREAS SCHARDT and FRANZISKA SCHIRMER


Thanks to

JULIE BERTUCCELLI, HÉLÈNE BOISSON, BASILE BORKENHAGEN, KARIM DAGHBOUCHE, JEAN-LOUIS ESQUIVIE, 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 and JIHAN TAHRI


and to

ROXANA NADIM - LUDMILLA AND SYRINE VERROUST

On November 20th 1979, at 05:30 in the morning, hundreds of heavily armed men take over the Grand Mosque of Mecca and transform the holiest shrine of Islam into a fortress.

With this political thriller documentary, director Dirk van den Berg and his international team finally reconstruct what really happened, and reveal the links between the siege and our contemporary time.

A complete press blockade kept the following 15 days of occupation, siege and battle under a veil of complete secrecy. They would cost hundreds if not thousands of lives, shake Saudi Arabia to its foundations, push the global balance of power to the brink of collapse, and mark the beginning of religiously motivated terrorism.

With this film, they debunk the simplistic equations of "good" and "evil", "us" and "them", and reveal the intricate historic, political and religious links between the 1979 SIEGE OF MECCA and the birth of the violent strain of militant Islamism that ever since holds the world firmly in its grip.

The insurgents demand the abdication of the Saudi Royal Family, the expulsion of all foreigners, a complete withdrawal of all progressive development and the Kingdom's return to pure and radical Islam.

During 5 years of research and filming in 8 countries, they obtained exclusive access to first-hand accounts and never-before-seen private archives from Arab, French and American military, intelligence and civilian sources.

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