Netherlands 2017, 90 min, Arabic, Hebrew & English subtitles
At first glance, this refugee camp in Beqaa Valley, Lebanon appears no different from hundreds of others. All of them are populated with Syrian refugees waiting for the unknown, having fled from the height of violence to a life of poverty. In this bubbling stew of uncertainty, the camera of award-winning director Leonard Retel Helmrich (Position Among the Stars) leads the viewers to explore this reality from unconventional angles: from above, from below and from the sides. It reveals the complex relationships between the refugees and uncovers emotionally charged family stories. Intensified by the film’s unique aesthetic, these stories show the refugees’ incredible will to live and prove how human drama, as old as time, never stops its cycle of love-hate-jealousy-hope, even among those left with almost nothing.
Previous Festivals:IDFA, One World, Sydney FF
Production: Pieter Van Huystee
Production Company: Pieter Van Huystee Film
Script: Leonard Retel Helmrich, Pieter Van Huystee
Editing: Jos Driessen, Jelle Redeker
Cinematography: Leonard Retel Helmrich, Ramia Suleiman
Research: Hans Dortmans
Soundtrack: Ranko Paukovic
Music: Khyam Allami
Since his film Eye of the Day (Stand van de Zon) which he shot in Indonesia between 1998 and 2001, Retel Helmrich’s films have screened and won acclaim at film festivals worldwide garnering major documentary film awards.