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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Gevar's Land
Gevar's Land
Gevar's Land

Gevar's Land

director: Qutaiba Barhamji
original title: Ard Gevar
country: France, Qatar
year: 2020
running time: 78 min.


This portrait follows the daily life of Syrian Gevar, who left for France with his family and wants to apply for asylum in Reims, in the northeast of the country. Back in his homeland, Gevar’s passion was tending his garden and he is determined to pursue this hobby in a new place. He rents a small plot of land in the suburbs to spend time with his family. The film is not just about Gevar's passion for gardening, but it also shows from a completely different perspective the reality of war refugees’ lives in a new country and the hardships associated with applying for asylum, language barriers, and the difficulties with finding a job and supporting a family.

"Gevar’s land explores the question: how do the land - by working it, by farming it - forge an organic tie between a man and a space ?" Q. Barhamji


Qutaiba Barhamji (1982) grew up in the suburbs of Damascus and in Russia, where he studied medicine. In 2005, he moved to Paris, where he studied film at ESEC. In 2016, he directed the short film Wardé. He also collaborated on the film Still Recording, which was presented at the Ji.hlava festival in 2018.

more about film

director: Qutaiba Barhamji
producer: Thomas Micoulet, Karim Aitouna
sound: Benoît Chabert d’Hieres
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
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