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by Karim Kassem


A Lebanese filmmaker (Karim) travels from New York to Beirut to conduct research for a film that he wants to make about blind children in the mountains of Lebanon. He arrives to Beirut with a condition that had been affecting his eyes and causes him to go straight into surgery, temporarily blinding him with patches covering his eyes. He uses the healing time to reflect, write and spend time with his family. The filmmaker then begins to visit the blind institute where he will conduct his research and attempts to cast someone to play himself in parallel, which doesn't go as planned. Little does the institute know that Karim has no treatment to pitch but continues to visit the classrooms and attend in order to find his characters.

international title: Only the Winds
original title: Only the Winds
country: Lebanon, Sweden
year: 2021
genre: documentary
directed by: Karim Kassem
film run: 131'
screenplay: Karim Kassem
cinematography by: Mohamad Hissi, Karim Kassem
film editing: Soha Choucair
music: Hiatus
producer: Karim Kassem, Moustafa Kassem, Johan Matton
executive producer: Arash Azizi, Linnea Larsdotter
associate producer: Mahmoud Rida
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