His film The Broken Border was awarded Best Short Documentary at the 2013 Beirut International Film Festival. The Adventure of a Married Couple, was screened at Freiburg, San Sebastián and Zurich Film Festivals. Drum, his debut feature length work, premiered at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week in July 2016. It was described by Italian film critic, writer, and Artistic Director of the Critic’s Week Giona A. Nazzaro, as “abstract, political, and visionary”. Karimi considers Turkish director Yılmaz Guney (1982 Cannes Palme d’Or winner for YOL) as one of his inspiration.
Walls are critical sites. They rise with cities and call on faces, names, and the written word; those strong and those weak, slogans, poems, and anthems. We read the walls to discover the dwellers’ dreams, who they believe is sovereign, as well as those who believe in changing the status quo. We realize how dissatisfied people come out of their hiding places to write something on the wall in darkness, looking to the future, turning their back on the past. No wall, even if totally white, could be found without a trace of markers and sprays. Walls and writing never separate; this eternal promise is called writing on the city. – K. Karimi