People of the Wasteland

A Film by Heba Khaled

Synopsis

سكان الأرض اليباب
SOUKAAN AL-ARD AL-YABAAB

People of the Wasteland is an experimental short-film in a first-person point of view depicting the clashes of Syrian fighters in the front line. In the chaos of war, the lines between right and wrong become blurred. This exclusive Go-Pro footage from inside war aims to remind us that in a territory where the landscape and the people are ephemeral because of war, only the camera can remain alive, and only the image of a certain moment can remain eternal.

Director

  • Picture of Heba Khaled © Heba Khaled

    Heba Khaled

    Heba Khaled was born in Damascus in 1986 and studied Arabic Literature at Damascus University. She worked as a radio commentator and as a freelance fixer for CNN, Al Arabiya and Reuters in Damascus and Beirut between 2011 and 2013. In 2014, she started collecting footage for her first short-film People of the Wasteland. The same year, she moved to Berlin where she assisted the filmmaker Talal Derki in the direction of his film Of Fathers and Sons, which has won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in 2018.

Awards + Festivals

  • THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAl (Official Selection, World Premiere, Thessaloniki, Greece)March 9, 2018
  • KRAKOW FILM FESTIVAL (Short competition, Krakow, Poland)May 30, 2018
  • GUANAJUATO FILM FESTIVAL (Short experimental competition, Guanajuato, Mexico)July 21, 2018
  • RUDNIK INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rudnik, Russian Federation)August 3, 2018
  • *“SLICED ONION” AWARD FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM*
    MAKEDOX FESTIVAL (Short Dox, Skopje, Macedonia) August 21, 2018
  • 3rd BERLIN LIBERI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)December 15, 2018
  • *SPECIAL MENTION - DIRECTOR*
    1st INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF SRIGANGANAGAR (Official Selection, Sriganganagar, India)January 19, 2019
  • 4th SHORT DAYS / IL VARCO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rome, Italy)January 21, 2019
  • 15th ZAGREBDOX (Official Selection, Zagreb, Croatia)March 11, 2019
  • 5th BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beeston Nottingham, United Kingdom)March 13, 2019
  • 14th MOSTRA DE CINEMA ÁRABE FEMININO (Official Selection, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)March 14, 2019
  • 28th MEDIAWAVE - ANOTHER CONNECTION INTERNATIONAL FILM AND MUSIC (Official Selection, Györ, Hungary)April 30, 2019
  • 8th THE PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)May 30, 2019
  • 47th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Weyregg, Austria)June 8, 2019
  • 14th ARAB FILM FESTIVAL OF BRAZIL (Official Selection, São Paulo, Brasil)August 7, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Heba Khaled
Screenplay
Heba Khaled
Producer
Talal Derki
Director of Photography
Ahmad Nasser
Sound
Ansgar Frerich
Editor
Alex Bakri
Colour Grading
Moritz Peters
Sound Design
Fabian Weigmann
Music
Muhammad Bazz

Details

Running Time
21:10
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:09
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Jouzour Film Production UGmbH
Talal Derki
talalderki@yahoo.com

DIRECTOR

Heba Khaled
khaled.heba86@yahoo.com