A FILM BY DIRK VAN DEN BERG
OUTREMER FILM AND K2 PRODUCTIONS PRESENT
PROTAGONISTS AND EXPERTS
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
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
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K2 PRODUCTIONS S.A.R.L.
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Creating this film has taken 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, 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
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
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.
The ensuing 15 days of occupation, siege and battle 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.
And they have been kept under a veil of almost complete secrecy until today.
Director Dirk van den Berg and his international team obtained exclusive access to first-hand accounts and never-before-seen private archives from Arab, French and American military, intelligence and civilian sources.
In his film, protagonists from all sides narrate the harrowing days of November 1979, the film reveals the intricate links between the SIEGE OF MECCA and the birth of the violent strain of militant Islamism that ever since holds the world firmly in its grip.
This gripping political thriller tears the veils of history from an event that many today consider as the beginning of religiously motivated Islamist terrorism, and that since 1979 continues to send its ripples through history.
THE SIEGE OF MECCA