People of the Wasteland

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 Bio

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.


  • Directed by:Heba Khaled
  • Written by:Heba Khaled
  • Produced by:Talal Derki
  • Runtime:21 mins
  • Completion Date:March 9, 2018
  • Country of Origin:Syrian Arab Republic
  • Category:Non-Fiction
  • Selection:In Competition - Programme 20
  • Screening Time / Venue:
    Fri 16th - Bog Lane Theatre - 6-7pm
    / Sun 18th - Cooney's Hotel - 1:30-2:30pm
  • Links: IMDB

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