10 years in the life of a Syrian refugee
2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. With over 13 million displaced, it remains the largest human forced migration crisis of our times, but sadly not the last. Shot over an unparalleled 10 years, Syrian-Lebanese director Noura Kevorkian’s intimate camera follows the plight of Maria and her family of Syrian migrant workers who find themselves unable to return back to their hometown of Raqqa Syria. Unique among the numerous refugee stories to date, the multi-award-winning, Oscar-qualifying long-process documentary BATATA captures an entire decade while documenting not just the age-old conflict between two nations, but the unbending spirit of a woman who puts family ahead of all else.
“Kevorkian’s eye for human interaction, and particularly between children, is remarkable… An extraordinary film.” - Marc Glassman, POV Magazine
“A beautiful film, and really powerful." - Matt Galloway, CBC The Current (start: 46’14”)
"An incredible hairpin turn!" - John Moore, Newstalk 1010
“A fascinating story and film" - Ben O'Hara-Byrne, Corus Radio
“It's a wow movie." Michael Howell, Executive Director Devour! CBC News