Qutaiba Barhamji

France, Qatar, 2020 / 77 min / Arabic OV with French &/or English subt. / Documentary

A Syrian refugee settles in the suburbs of Reims and tills a vegetable garden. Like his plants, he tries to take root in this new life.

Having recently left Syria with his partner and son, Gevar has just moved to a suburb of Reims. He decides to rent a small patch of land to grow vegetables and to keep himself busy. On the small balcony of his apartment, he carefully cultivates watermelon, zucchini and aubergine seedlings before transferring them to his new plot of land. Filmmaker Qutaibe Barhamji follows Gevar over the course of four seasons as he settles on this new ground that often rebels against the family’s hopes. Just like his plants, Gevar slowly takes root in a new place.


Fri 05/03 16:30 Ciné Utopia Arabic & FR OV with FR subt. Public
Sat 06/03 10:00 Public
Mon 08/03 16:30 Cinémathèque Arabic & FR OV with EN subt. Public
Tue 09/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia Arabic & FR OV with FR subt. Public
  • Special Juy Mention – European Documentary Competition, Odessa International Film Festival, 2020 (Ukraine)
Cast & Credits
Qutaiba Barhamji
Qutaiba Barhamji
Benoît Chabert d'Hières
Haut les Mains Productions
Haut les Mains Productions

Born in the suburbs of Damascus, Qutaiba Barhamji spent his childhood between Syria and Russia, where he studied medicine. In 2005, he settled in Paris and studied film at ESEC. In 2016, he directed the short Wardé, coproduced and broadcast by Arte. In parallel, he has worked as an editor on over thirty documentaries and fiction films, including Still Recording (2018)by Saeed Al Batal and Ghiath Ayoub (in LuxFilmFest’s 2019 Documentary Competition), Fawzi Saleh’s Poisonous Roses (2018)and L'Homme qui penche (2020) by Olivier Dury and Marie-Violaine Brincard. Gevar’s Land (2020)is his first feature documentary.

  • 2020 – Ard Gevar (documentary)
  • 2016 – Wardé (short)