Before Me

July 5, 2017


A bilingual film that explores social intolerance and its impact on children. Eight-year-old Mathis continues to be influenced by his father’s worldview after his recently divorced mother grows closer to her Muslim neighbor.

About the author

Karim Ayari

Karim Ayari is a young Canadian filmmaker born in Ottawa, Canada. He has degrees in both Communications (University of Ottawa) and radio-broadcasting (La Cité collégiale). In recent years, he travelled around the globe to pursue his passion for filmmaking.His documentary Lost Rails: Into the Kingdom, in which he follows three Canadian travelers in search for Cambodia’s legendary Bamboo Express, was his latest project acquired by CBC Television. In another recent documentary, Karim traveled to the slums of India to expose the serious problem of forced prostitution and human trafficking.In 2012, Karim wrote and directed his first feature film, Thirteen Downs, which opened the Ottawa International Film Festival. He then took on the role of cinematographer for the short film Algebra, which won the Best Technical Quality award at Ottawa’s Digi60 Short Film Festival.Karim’s most recent short film, Perfect, was a finalist the CBC Short Film Face Off 2013.

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