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Monthly Screening: Our Terrible Country

We would like to invite you to our Monthly Screening on Syria. '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.


Our terrible Country

a documentary by Mohammad Ali Atassi and Ziad Homsi
Syria 2015 I OV w/ eng sub I 85 min

When: 1st of October, 7.00 pm
Where: ACUDkino, Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin
Donation based Entrance!

followed by an expert discussion on the current political situation in Syria

A reservation is higlhy recommended and tickets will be distributed on a first come first basis.
Please click here to RSVP

What is the price for freedom in Syria?

Syria's civil war started with a hopeful uprising, characterized by nonviolent demands for reform and regime but quickly changed devolving into a grotesque civil war after Bachar el-Assad government responded with a violent crackdown. The opposition, who all want the president to step down, is split between groups of rebel fighters, political parties and people living in exile, who cannot return to the country.

Today we consider Syria’s civil war the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. The number of innocent civilians suffering — more than 11 million people are displaced, thus far — and the increasingly dire impact on neighboring countries can seem too overwhelming to understand.

Our Terrible Country, by Mohammad Ali Atassi and Ziad Homsi, tells the tale of Haj Saleh’s dramatic escape from Syria. The film, which won the grand prize at FIDMarseille last summer and is now part of the Museum of the Moving Image’s First Look 2015, captures the moment when a man of words and ideas is engaged into a series of life-changing actions and events. And it offers a terrible glimpse of the destruction caused by four years of barrel bombs, gas attacks, and jihadi madness, seen in wrecked apartment blocks and a children’s swing set, blasted away.

Ai Weiwei for Cinema for Peace

Ai Weiwei's 'Safe Passage' installation with life-vests from Lesbos for Cinema for Peace.


Upcoming Screenings:


August 13th 2018, at the Schikaneder Kino in Vienna / Address: Margaretenstraße 24, A - 1040 Wien