Interview with director/animator Boubaker Boukhari (KAROUMA)

Nyan Kyal Say’s short film played to rave reviews at the March 2017 ANIMATION Short Film Festival. “KARMOUMA” is a multiple award winning animated short film.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Boubaker Boukhari: I received a classic letter from a friend.
She described me as the little boy who had wings and tried to fly, here I created the basic character. And with a group of friends we did brainstormed to develop the story with an idea to produce a series for TV…

But it was difficult at first and I thought I needed more maturity and experience at that time. Until the project won production support in a competition in the UAE.

How would you describe your short film in two words!?

From the idea to the finished product took ten years, but the real production time is nine months.

What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

There were not only obstacles but it was impossible to produce.

What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was overwhelmed by a great joy and I saw myself walking between the audience it’s a great feeling, best of any award you got. Thanks again.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

I have not come to the idea of society from me to push me to it. If family and community are not supported, success becomes difficult.

Do you have to stick to your own dreams or do you have to give them away just because your parents have other hopes and aspirations for you?

We’ve all met lots of young people who were torn between these two choices and ended up as static, frustrated individuals who never followed their dreams nor achieved their families’ aspirations.

Karouma is a story that addresses a pivotal moment that all youth experiences – whether in the Arab region or internationally. No matter where they are or what their circumstances are – youth faces

The same challenges and share the same energy, dreams and aspirations. So how and when can they ever feel free to go on exciting journeys to follow their dreams

What film have you seen the most in your life?

A collection of short films Animatrix.

What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Popular music from my country and Gnawi music

What is next for you? A new film?

Yes, there are new projects, but I think we have to take time to be ready.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival


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