10 years in the life of a Syrian refugee
The Peabody-winning documentary BATATA follows an astonishing 10 years in the life of charismatic Syrian migrant worker, Maria, and her epic journey from pre-revolution days on the potato fields of Lebanon to life in refugee camps.
Unique among all refugee stories to date, Syrian-Lebanese director Noura Kevorkian’s intimate camera captures an entire decade of marriages, births, deaths, all the while documenting 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”)
“A fascinating story and film" - Ben O'Hara-Byrne, Corus Radio
"An incredible hairpin turn!" - John Moore, Newstalk 1010
“Kevorkian seeks to open the eyes of her audiences to life beyond their own realities.” Now Toronto
“The Power List of Canadian Women in Film” Toronto Star’s The Kit
The Kit (“Meet the 2023 Power List of Canadian Women in Film”)
Now Toronto (“Meet Toronto’s Noura Kevorkian, A Peabody Award-winning documentarian”)