The 25th edition of Carthage Film Festival will take place from 29 November to 6 December 2014

Official competition documentaries


Director: Mohammad Ali Atassi, Ziad Homsi

Screenplay: Mahammad Ali Atassi

Cinematography: Ziad Homsi, Saeed Albatal

Music: Nadim Mishlawe

Editor: Marwan Ziadeh

Sound: Nadim Mishlawe

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How to make a film on violence without directly showing or reproducing it? The film Our terrible country attempts to respond to this approach by taking us on the perilous journey of Yassin Haj Saleh, a well-known Syrian intellectual and dissident, and young photographer Ziad Homsi who travel together in an arduous, 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.

Director's biography

Mohammad Ali Atassi - a Syrian journalist and documentary filmmaker - has been writing for several Arab and international newspapers on political and cultural topics, and directed 3 documentaries, among which award-winning Waiting for Abu Zaid on Egyptian reformist islamic thinker Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid .


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