Played at the March 2017 Best of Animation.
|AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO. Moderated by Matthew Toffolo:
KAROUMA, 12min, United Arab Emirates, Animation
Directed by Boubaker Boukhari
Karouma is a Unique gift striving to break through and to leave his parent’s nest to live pursue his dreams and live his life in its full potential.
Can talent become a burden especially if it makes us look different? Can it deprive us of the ability to interact normally and seamlessly with society?
That’s the centrepiece of Karouma – an animated short film that explores the concept of alienation – when you feel you’re so different and constantly judged by others just because you look different and placed into categories of disability that you never saw as applicable to yourself or even fair.
The story also tackles overprotective parenting and how excess love can cause pain rather than appreciation.
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?
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