Magazine article Screen International

DIFF: Kevorkian Wraps Syrian Refugee Doc

Magazine article Screen International

DIFF: Kevorkian Wraps Syrian Refugee Doc

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The project scooped one of the Dubai Film Connection's top $25,000 prizes when it was presented at the co-financing event in 2012.

Kevorkian will be at DIFF this year for the MENA premiere of her experimental work 23 Kilometres about an elderly Lebanese man suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Kevorkian said her original intention for Batata, which means potato in Arabic, was to explore the tense yet close-knit relationship between Lebanese and Syrian citizens living along the border through the lives of Syrian migrant workers who had travelled to Lebanon for the potato harvest for nearly 30 years and their Lebanese Christian employer.

The outbreak of the Syrian Civil War, however, changed the course of the film. "When the Arab Spring began the film started to change. …

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