“Fedayin: Georges Abdallah’s Fight” was released in 2021; this documentary explores the life in struggle of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, the Lebanese Arab struggler for Palestine jailed in France for 39 years. Since its release, it has been screened at hundreds of events, film festivals and public activities in over 20 countries.
Now, Collectif Vacarme(s) Films, the film’s producer, is making the documentary available online on YouTube, free and accessible, for private viewing or public screening, in French, English, Arabic, Spanish, Catalan, German and Italian.
The film features historical footage and interviews with Abdallah’s brothers Robert and Maurice, fellow political prisoners like Jean-Marc Rouillan and Bertrand Sassoye, as well as with Samidoun’s international coordinator Charlotte Kates, Europe coordinator Mohammed Khatib, Palestinian writer and Masar Badil executive committee member Khaled Barakat, and many more advocates for his liberation.
Who is Georges Abdallah?
A Lebanese Arab struggler for Palestine, Georges Abdallah has been imprisoned in French prisons since 1984, convicted on charges of participation in armed actions by the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Faction, working to fight off colonialist and Zionist invasions in Lebanon.
From his youth, Georges Abdallah was an activist and engaged in the struggles of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. With the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), he resisted and was injured by Israeli forces invading Lebanon in 1978. A committed Communist and internationalist, he views the Arab struggle for liberation from Zionism and imperialism as part and parcel of the international workers’ struggle for liberation from capitalism.
He has been eligible for release since 1999 yet continues to be denied parole, despite having parole requests approved several times by French judges. The Lebanese government has officially asked for his release, and he is asking to be deported to Lebanon. Yet the French state has intervened at the highest levels, alongside the U.S and Israeli regimes, to deny Georges Abdallah’s parole requests. He has filed a new appeal for his immediate release, accompanied by a call to build the movement for his liberation.
The Palestinian prisoners’ movement considers Georges Abdallah to be part of the movement from inside French prisons, where he has participated in collective hunger strikes by returning meals.