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Gevar's Land

Spring Grants 2018

Qutaiba Barhamji / Feature Documentary / Syria, France, Qatar / 80 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Social Issues, Immigration, Identity, Creative Documentary, Exile


Over four seasons, we follow the labour-filled days of Gevar, a Syrian refugee, whose small garden on the outskirts of a housing project became his “raison d‘être”, or rather, “a reason to do”. ‘Gevar’s Land’ explores the mysterious power of the earth, and its capacity to restore an ineffable link between an exiled and uprooted man, and his new surroundings. The film questions the idea of territory, which often goes hand in hand with the need to erect borders. Here, what is mine, and there, what is yours.


Qutaiba Barhamji
Qutaiba Barhamji
Karim Aitouna
Production Company
Haut les Mains Productions

About the Director

Qutaiba Barhamji is an award-winning film director and editor. He has edited over 50 films in 22 languages, shown around the world at festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, Venice Film Festival, IDFA. These include ‘Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege’ (2021), ‘How to Save a Dead Friend’ (2022), ‘Smoke Sauna Sisterhood’ (2023) and ‘Four Daughters’ (2023), winner of L’Œil d’or at Cannes Film Festival. As a director, his first feature documentary film ‘Gevar’s Land’ won l’Étoile de La Scam in 2022.

Awards and Festival History


"Cinéma du Réel 2020 (WP), French Competition
Festival Images de Migrations 2020
Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck 2020
Doc Lisboa 2020
IDFA 2020"


Odessa International Film Festival 2020, Jury Special Mention


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    Karim Aitouna

    Haut Les Mains Productions

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