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Qumra Projects

/ Feature Documentary / Lebanon, Canada, Qatar / 2018
In Arabic
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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The story of ‘Batata’ starts in the year 2009, in the beautiful fields of Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, where colourfully dressed Syrian migrant workers plant and harvest potatoes. Through Maria, the main subject of the film, we meet her extended migrant worker family and experience the rhythm of their daily lives. With every potato-planting season, political events affect their lives. But when the Syrian revolution begins in March 2011, everything changes. The story takes a darker turn as the civil war accelerates and the crisis intensifies, with hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding into Lebanon. The tent villages soon grow into tent cities, and the future for Maria and her countrymen looks ever bleaker. Shot over an astounding eight years, this epic documentary offers for the first time a view into the life of a strong, charismatic Syrian woman set against the backdrop of war and refugees.

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