THE LONG SEASON dir. Leonard Retel Helmrich
Tarpaulin shelters, toys made from cans and bottle caps: this is life for Syrian refugees at a migrant-workers' camp for in Lebanon. War has cut them off from returning home, so they try to adapt to new circumstances. Amidst births, weddings and childrens' games, problems of exploitation by the Lebanese for cheap labour becomes increasingly apparent. The director lived with the Syrians for a year and a half and his camera seems to have melded almost imperceptibly into the life of the community.