Mohammad Ali Atassi is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He was born in 1967 in Damascus, Syria. Atassi obtained a diploma in civil engineering from Damascus University in 1992 and a DEA in history from the Sorbonne Paris 4 in 1996. Since 2000, he has been writing for several Arab and international newspapers on political and cultural topics. In 2001, he did a documentary film on the Syrian dissident Riad Turk elaborating the latter’s prison experience of 18 years in Syrian prisons while Atassi explored Turk’s positions on the Syrian revolution in a second documentary movie in 2012 called “Ibn Al Am online”. Moreover, he realized “Waiting for Abu Zaid” portraying the famous Egyptian Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid who was a pioneer of reformist ideas on Islam until his death in 2010. Atassi’sfilms have been shown in several festivals worldwide and has gained several awards for his work.
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