The Long Season

  • Director – Leonard Retel Helmrich
  • Production – Pieter van Huystee
  • Sound Design – Ranko Paukovic
  • Editors – Jelle Redeker, Jos Driessen
  • Duration – 90 min.
  • Year –  2017
  • Country – the Netherlands


There are in Lebanon currently about 1.2 million Syrian refugees. In the Beqaa valley, between Damascus and Beirut, there are many camps, sometimes no larger than 100 people. Before the war they came to Beqaa to work as seasonal laborer in agriculture. Now they are refugees in the same Beqaa and cannot go back to Syria.

True to his unique camera style, Leonard Retel Helmrich delved into the lives of the people in camp by living among them as one of them for a year and a half. He shows what daily life is like for those whose lives are postponed. He shows how they adapt to their seemingly hopeless circumstances and through their resilience are able to find hope and enjoy life.

Screening on: 5 May / 20:00 / Amirani 4 | 7 May / 20:00 / Amirani 4

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