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Our Terrible Country
Baladona Al Raheeb - Mohammad Ali Atassi, Ziad Homsi
- Documentaire


Liban/Syrie - 2014 - 1 h 35 mn - Réalisation : Mohammad Ali Atassi, Ziad Homsi - Scénario : Mohammad Ali Atassi - Image : Ziad Homsi, Saeed Al Batal - Montage : Marwan Ziadeh - Interprétation : Yassin Haj Saleh, Ziad Homsi -

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Corum - Salle Einstein Lundi 27 octobre 2014, 12 h 00
Corum - Salle Einstein Jeudi 30 octobre 2014, 18 h 00

Our Terrible Country takes us on the perilous journey of Yassin Haj Saleh, a well-known Syrian intellectual and dissident, and the young photographer Ziad Homsi who travel together in an arduous and dangerous route from the liberated area of Douma/Damascus to Raqqa in northern Syria, only to find themselves eventually forced to leave their home country for a temporary exile in Turkey.

Mohammad Ali Atassi

Born in 1967 in Damascus, Syria. Journalist and independent Syrian film-maker. After graduating as a civil engineer from Damascus University, he obtains a DEA in History from the Sorbonne University in Paris. In 2001, he directs Ibn al Am, a documentary on the life of Syrian opposition fighter Riad El Turk and, in 2009, Waiting for Abû Zayd, a portrait of the famous Egyptian theologian, Naser Hamid Abû Zayd. He participated in the « Damascus Spring », and has contributed to most of the Syrian intellectuals’ manifestos. Since 2000, he has been living between Beirut and Damascus, and publishes articles regularly in the Lebanese press on the question of human rights in Syria and freedom of expression.

Ziad Homsi

Born in 1989 in Damascus (Syria). He studied Business Administration, his passion however being always photography. Thus, with the beginning of the Syrian Revolution in March 2011, he has become one of the most important photographers in his hometown, which is the suburb of Douma and is known to be one of the centers of the uprising. His pictures have been shown in various exhibitions in Europe, among others in Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin.In 2012, he has also realized a short documentary on the security crackdown and massacres that was inflicted on the residents of the city of Douma by the Syrian security forces.