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6th DMZ Docs(2014)

I AM DOCU



Mystic Mass

Karim HAROUN

  • Canada, Lebanon
  • 2014
  • 70min
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

Every year, thousands of Shia Muslims meet in the village of Nabatiyyeh in Lebanon to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, assassinated in 680 A.D. It is by far the most important religious event in the chia cult, and leads to the formation of immense mass movements all around the world. Mystic Mass describes extensively this 24h ceremony, and deconstructs its indivisible, ever united, mystic mass, since its formation early in the morning of Ashoura, up to its dissolution in the afternoon of the same day.

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Director

  • Karim HAROUN

    If cinema were a religion, Karim’s gods would be Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Altman, Errol Morris and Abbas Kiarostami. After completing his studies in mathematics, Karim devoted his time entirely to cinema. He graduated with a double Film Studies/Film production major from Mel Hoppenheim Concordia School of Cinema, and co-founded Nemesis Films with Pascal Plante, Santiago Menghini and Katerine Lefrançois. He directed three short films and a feature documentary entitled Mystic Mass, and produced Pascal Plante’s first feature film: L’Age Lyrique. His first short film, in which he directed a mentally challenged actor, was awarded at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in 2011. Mystic Mass (2014) Chronicles of Hyperinflation (2011)​ 

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    Contact

    Contact   Karim HAROUN

    E-mail  karim@nemesisfilms.com​