The Anticipation of Rain

  • Naima Karim
  • Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland
  • 2022
  • 7 min
  • Immersive
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, DocLab: Nervous Systems

Bangladeshi artist Naima Karim was paralyzed by a virus and for a year could do nothing but look at the sky. She then experienced the monsoon even more intensely than usual: the initial gusts of wind, the rapidly darkening sky, the oppressive humidity and finally the downpour of rain, which washes everything clean and leaves behind a fresh scent.

For the three-dimensional VR experience The Anticipation of Rain, Karim painted a landscape along a boundary of coastal forest and beach, where this meteorological spectacle takes place at an accelerated pace. A rich sound design and two specially designed scents complete the experience.

Karim describes the arrival of the monsoon as a romantic time of year, but also notes that climate change has made the rainy season increasingly unpredictable and extreme. For low-lying countries such as her homeland of Bangladesh, it can be life-threatening.


  • 7 min
  • Spoken languages: English
Naima Karim
Mitch Turnbull for Creative Solutions Program, Ithra
Key collaborator
Andreas Wilhelm for Andreas Wilhelm Parfumeur, Gaëlle Mourre for Fat Red Bird, Simon Benson, Maddalena Crosti, Jennifer Rosen, Luke Ritchie, Andy Baker, Grace Boyle
Executive producer
Filipe Andre Martins Gomes for Creative Solutions Program, Ithra
Richard Tongeman

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World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
DocLab: Nervous Systems

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