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The Long Season (15*) + ScreenTalk with Ramia Suleiman

Part of: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

A still from The Long Season

Using his renowned single shot technique, Leonard Retel Helmrich takes us inside Majdal Anjar, a Syrian camp in Lebanon, for an intimate look at life for those whose lives are postponed by the war.

In the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon lies refugee camp Majdal Anjar, where a small community of the country’s approximately 1.2 million Syrian refugees live. Award-winning director Leonard Retel Helmrich spent a year-and-a-half following a handful of lively and resilient characters: a love-sick young man, eager to marry despite his elders’ sharp discouragement; a conflicted teacher, passionate about her work at the camp but under pressure to return to her husband and the dangers that await her in Syria; and a family torn apart when a husband marries a second wife.

'The Long Season is very different from any films I have seen due to its incredible access. I am shocked at what the filmmakers were able to capture. The film does a great job at showing the dangers in Syria and struggles that refugee families go through.'

Bassam Khawaja, Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

This screening followed by a discussion with cinematographer Ramia Suleiman.

Netherlands/Lebanon 2017 Leonard Retel Helmrich 114 min

* This film has been locally classified by the Barbican Centre

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