Karim tells the tale of a troubled boy who finds himself trapped in a world where fear, violence and abuse surround him, preying on his every thought and action.

The film follows Karim throughout a day that will forever change his life, culminating in a horrific and unforgettable moment.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Yaz Rabadi
Producer: Mitch Arend

Director’s statement

Yaz Rabadi says:

Karim is most likely the most personal film I have made thus far. I feel the ideas within the film resonate strongly in today society, with youth violence and bullying on the rise.

My only goal in making the film was to present a strong and raw story fueled by performance. I wasn’t so much interested in showing what I thought was ‘right’ or ‘wrong’… I simply wanted to put on display a horrific moment and what led to it, and let the audience form their own feelings on it.

In the end, if the film could reach even one person in a positive way, it would be well worth it.”

About Yaz Rabadi

Yaz Rabadi

Being drawn to the medium of film at a very young age, Yaz began his career as a filmmaker by honing his craft as a writer and director while studying the medium at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in Toronto.

Graduating with honors and several shorts films under his belt, Yaz was later selected amongst various other Canadian filmmakers to take part in The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s National Apprenticeship Training Program.

The program allowed Yaz to further develop his creativity and working knowledge of film as he apprenticed and worked alongside renowned Canadian filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan and John Greyson.

Shortly thereafter, Yaz began development on what would ultimately be his most ambitious short to date, Inside.  With the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the National Film Board of Canada, Inside went to camera in the summer of 2009 and was completed in early 2010.

Constantly working toward perfecting his craft as a filmmaker and reaching audiences through his work, Yaz is currently promoting his latest short film, The Beard and in preproduction on another short,Skinned, while writing his first feature, all of which delve deeper in to his exploration and study of the human condition.

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