Rabih, a young blind man, lives in a village in Lebanon. To make ends meet, he sings in a choir and edits Braille documents. His life unravels when he tries to apply for a passport and discovers that his identification card is forged.
Travelling across rural Lebanon in search of his birth certificate, he meets people on the far fringes of society with their own stories that prompt questions and offer Rabih small clues about his real identity. Descending into a void at the heart of his existence, Rabih encounters a nation incapable of presenting its own narrative.
Lebanon, France, Qatar, UAE/ Fic/ 2016/ 105 min
Director: Vatche Boulghourjian
Producer: Caroline Oliveira and Georges Schoucair
Scriptwriter: Vatche Boulghourjian
Director of photography: James Lee Phelan
Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid
Music: Cynthia Zaven
Cast: Barakat Jabbour, Julia Kassar, Toufic Barakat
Vatche Boulghourjian is a Lebanese filmmaker. He has an MFA from New York. He has worked throughout the Middle East on documentaries for television and also independently worked on shorts, experimental films and documentaries. His thesis film, THE FIFTH COLUMN (2010), received a production grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and premiered at Cannes’ Cinéfondation Selection, where it won third prize.