The world according to Mr. Khiar

Director

Sjors Swierstra

DOP
Erik van Empel

Sound
Mark Wessner

Editor
Menno Boerema

Coach
Heddy Honigmann

Advice
Godelieve Eijsink

Executive producer
Cécile van Eijk

Production manager Beirut
Leena Saidi

Production
Mathijs Jorritsma
Production Assistant
Veerle Luijten
Sterre Schout
Tim van Velzen

Original score
Wouter van Bemmel

Sound design& Mixage
Mark Glynne

Sound editor
Antony Gray

Assistant sound design
Selle Sellink

Mixing Theater
Cinemeta

Grading
Laurent Fluttert

Online & post production
Het Raam Digital Cinema

Subtitling
Ultramar

Poster design & titles
Joost Hiensch | ShoSho

Publicity text
Koen Machielse

Broadcast
NTR

Production coordinator NTR
Astrid Prickaerts
Joachim Trommel

Junior commissioning editor NTR
Marloes Blokker

Commissioning editor NTR
Oscar van der Kroon

Producer
Cécile van Eijk
Sherman De Jesus
After ten years of working in war zones as a documentary photographer for The New York Times and Vanity Fair, Dutchman Jeroen Robert Kramer decides to start a new life as an artist in Lebanon. In his hometown Beirut he meets Monsieur Khiar, an elderly gentleman in whom he recognizes a better version of himself. “Khiar is the hero I could never be”, Kramer states:  “he is the most impressive person I’ve ever met in my life”. Their walks through the old neighborhoods of Beirut, their talks about art, literature and the beauty of small things become a source of inspiration for Kramer. Instead of focusing on the spectacular, and feeling shame and remorse about photographing people in the worst moments of their lives, Kramer attempts to tell an everyday story. A story which can help him to transform the scars of his past into a work of art. As Monsieur Khiar refuses to be photographed Kramers fascination turns into an obsession.