“ANJAR is a personal and a political documentary that should be seen by anyone interested in the consequences of ethnic violence."
“ANJAR is a heartfelt and extremely personal film. Noura Kevorkian finds a beautiful way of telling a story about a community, a nation and her relationship to both. This is a sensitive and important record of a unique place and the powerful history it contains."
On the Damascus Road in Lebanon’s beautiful Bekaa Valley, an Armenian man with late-stage Parkinson’s takes one last journey. This impressionistic film is a journey into the mind and life of a man with a crippling disease. In addition to the tremors and shakes, Barkev suffers from the lesser known ‘monster’ of Parkinson’s, the relentless hallucinations that swing him back and forth between time and space. A machine maker and an amateur cosmologist, Barkev can no longer speak. Yet through his journals, his machines, and powerful imagery with music, the film ravels both physically and metaphorically into the past and the future of both the man and his country Lebanon, a country debilitated by sectarian division, not unlike Barkev’s diseased body, left a shell of its former self, dwelling on the past, unable to imagine its own future.
After 30 years working the potato fields of Lebanon, Syrian migrant workers suddenly find themselves stateless refugees.
Growing up in Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War, the filmmaker’s life in a small village becomes forever linked to a legendary group of Armenians who decades earlier had fled from the 20th Century’s first genocide. Now an adult, Noura must return to her village to face the past. Through rare photos and archival footage the feature documentary lyrically travels between two war-torn eras, leaving the viewer with the impression that history is never that far away.
What if your body became a prison?
In a tent ‘village’ set in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, Abu Jamil and his large Syrian family work for the Lebanese landowner, Mousa. What goes on in this camp on a daily basis is a wider representation of the reality of life in this region of the Middle East with war in Syria, unemployment, pregnant women, teenagers in love and grown men dreaming of wives they can’t afford… All in the setting of the green fields of Bekaa Valley producing potatoes for local consumption and for export to the rest of the Middle East. Batata is a feature documentary about the relationship between hired labour and landowner, about friends in odd times and newly formed enemies, about people connected with intricate ties of family, work, and politics. While not a political film, politics proves to be the daily language of the region.
Official Competitions at IDAF , the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2003, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
National Film Board of Canada Outstanding Documentary at Reel/World Film Festival, 2002, Toronto, Canada
Golden Sheaf Award Best Documentary Short Subject at the Yorkton Short Film Festival, 2002, Yorkton, Canada
Best Documentary at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, 2002, New York, U.S.A
Audience Choice Awards, at Dawson City International Short Film Festival, 2002, Dawson City, Canada
Over 45 festival screenings around the world.
“A study of contradictions” –Toronto Star
A journey into the sexual world of the veiled women of Damascus, as they bargain and openly shop for sexy lingerie in Al Hamidiyyah market. It is a personal account of their unexplored sexual world and the contrast between the covering veil and the hidden eroticism beneath.
In 1979, at the peak of the Lebanese Civil War, a young Armenian girl's life in a small village becomes forever linked to a group of 1915 genocide survivors