THE SIEGE OF MECCA
A FILM BY DIRK VAN DEN BERG
OUTREMER FILM AND K2 PRODUCTIONS PRESENT
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
K2 Productions, Paris
DIRK VAN DEN BERG
OutreMer Film, Berlin
HENRIK SAUER bvk
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
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
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
OUTREMER FILM GmbH
10717 Berlin, Germany
phone +49 (0)30 555 77 1010
K2 PRODUCTIONS S.A.R.L.
14 Rue Charles V
75004 Paris, France
phone +33 (0)1 74 64 00 53
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
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
ROXANA NADIM - LUDMILLA AND SYRINE VERROUST