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Chasing the Dazzling Light

Fall Grants 2022 - Post-Production Stage

Yaser Kassab / Feature Experimental or Essay / Syria, Qatar / 70 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Immigration, Creative Documentary, Essay Documentary


A Syrian filmmaker who lives in Sweden searches for inspiration to make a film related to his new surroundings after he learns that his father in Aleppo had an unfulfilled dream of studying cinema 40 years ago. The two separated parts of the family decide to make a joint film about both generations’ experiences of exile and their passion for cinema, so the film becomes a space for the family members to meet.


Yaser Kassab
Yaser Kassab
Rima Alhamedd / Zenloop Productions
Production Company

About the Director

Yaser Kassab is a filmmaker born in Syria and based in Stockholm, Sweden. He holds a master’s degree in film from Gothenburg university. Yaser is known for ‘On the Edge of Life’, which premiered at the Cinema du Reel Film Festival and earned the Joris Ivens and CNAP awards as the best first film. At Festival Dei Popoli, it gained the best mid-length documentary award and further awards. In 2019 his film ‘I Have Seen Nothing, I Have Seen All’, premiered at Vision du reel. Both films were screened at many festivals, including IDFA, RIDM, Tempo, Carthage, and Cairo.


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    Rima Alhamedd


  • Main Contact

    Yaser Kassab

    Zenloop Productions

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