Mohammad Ali Atassi is a Syrian journalist, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist currently living in Beirut. After receiving a DEA in history at Sorbonne Paris IV, Atassi returned to Syria and, since 2000, has been writing for several Arab and international newspapers on dissidents and human rights violations in his country. Atassi’s previous documentaries include Ibn al Am (2001), about the Syrian dissident Riad al-Turk, and Waiting for Abu Zaid (2010), about the Egyptian religious scholar. Our Terrible Country, co- directed with Ziad Homsi, won the Grand Prize of the International Competition at the Marseille Festival of Documentary Film in 2014.
Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi-born poet, novelist, translator, and filmmaker, and Associate Professor at the Gallatin School at New York University. He is the author of a number of books, including the poetry collection, The Baghdad Blues, and the novel, l’jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody, as well as scholarly publications on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, Sargon Boulus, and contemporary Iraqi culture. Antoon returned to Baghdad in 2003 as a member of InCounter Productions to co-direct a documentary, About Baghdad, on the lives of Iraqis in a post-Saddam-occupied Iraq.
Ziad Homsi is a Syrian photojournalist, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist. His photographs have been shown in various exhibitions across Europe. In 2012, Homsi directed a short documentary, Oh Douma, on the security crackdown and massacres inflicted on the residents of the city of Douma by Syrian security forces. He has been actively involved in militant actions during the Syrian Civil War. Homsi was kidnapped by ISIS forces while returning to the Damascus suburbs from Turkey in October 2013; he was released after a month of captivity.