The Long Season – Human Rights Watch Festival

11 March '18 at 5:15 pm - 12 March '18 at 8:00 pm

We are happy to be presenting The Long Season in partnership with Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

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 (Shape of the MoonPosition Among the Stars) 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. Using his renowned single shot technique, Helmrich’s incredibly intimate film captures daily life for those whose futures are postponed by war.

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

Filmmaker(s): Leonard Retel Helmrich | Year: 2017 | 114m | Language(s): Arabic | Genre: Documentary
Filmmaker Bio(s):
Leonard Retel Helmrich was born in the Netherlands in 1959. He graduated from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 1986. Leonard shoots as well as directs all his own films and is best known for a philosophy and approach he calls “Single Shot Cinema” which involves long takes with a camera orbiting the subjects. Above all in his films it is the framing and movement of the camera that captures and leads the emotions of the audience. 
March 11, 2018, 5:15 PM at BFI Southbank, London. Tickets: £8.80 -£12.10. Buy them here
Screening followed by discussion with cinematographer Ramia Suleiman and Gerry Simpson, Associate Director, Refugee Rights Program, Human Rights Watch
March 12, 2018, 6:00 PM at the Barbican, London. Tickets: £12. Buy tickets here
Screening followed by discussion with cinematographer Ramia Suleiman


BFI South Bank and the Barbican


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