2016, Lebanon-France, 105′ Color, Arabic
Director: Vatche Boulghourjian
Cast: Tawfeek Barhom , Ahmed Al Rokh , Hiba Attalah , Nadine Labaki , Kais Attalah
2016 Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week Best Film Award
His past was hidden in the deceived history of a country.
A magnificent first film awarded as the Best Film in 2016 Cannes Critics’ Week from the Labanese director Vatche Boulghourjian, narrating the story of a blind man who is in the search of his hidden roots where people’s memory is blinded with the pain of civil war.
Rabih, a young blind man, lives in a small village in Lebanon. He sings in a choir and edits Braille documents for an income. His life unravels when he tries to apply for a passport and discovers that his identification card, which he has carried his entire life, is a forgery. Traveling across rural Lebanon in search of a record of his own birth, he meets people on the far fringes of society who tell their own stories, open further questions and give Rabih minor clues about his true identity. Descending into a void at the heart of his existence, Rabih encounters a nation incapable of telling their own narrative.