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 was born in Damascus, Syria, and speaks four languages fluently, Arabic, Russian, English and French. He has worked as a movie editor on several feature documentary films including ‘The Magic Mountain’ (Andrei Schtakleff, 2015), ‘Guests’ (Alexey Sukhovey, 2015) and ‘Film-me’ (Lera Latypova, 2015). His first short film ‘Wardé’ (2016), which was produced by Arte France, won several awards and obtained the CNC state grant.