Street Address: 
2111 Florida Ave NW
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Syrian Cultural House Presents...

DC's Monthly Syrian Film Series

A Screening and Q/A of Two Award-Winning Short Films

Fireplace & Orshena

By Directors Muhammad & Samah Bayazid

WhenMay 17, 2017 at 7 pm

Where: Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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About the Films:


Inspired by true events.

It is Christmas Eve in Syria; a small child plays hide and seek with his dad and picks the most unexpected place to hide in: the fireplace. Within a few seconds, a jet fighter bombards their house to the ground. The fireplace stands still; however, the small child finds himself trapped alone.

Omran Daqneesh is probably the most famous Syrian child. He survived an airstrike on his family's house. Fireplace tells the story of Ali, Omran's little brother who was not lucky enough to survive the bombardment.


Inspired by true events.

Orshena means "Land of Peace" in the ancient Syriac language.

An old man loses his youngest daughter while migrating to Europe on a rubber boat. The accident changes his life forever. He keeps imagining his daughter everywhere he goes, while trying to make peace with himself.

About the Directors:

Muhammad Bayazid

Muhammad is an award-winning Syrian filmmaker who studied filmmaking at the Los Angeles Film School and London Film School. He also studied screenwriting at the BBC, NYFA, and the Screenwriters University.

Muhammad has directed many TV commercials, public service announcements, TV programs, and documentaries. He is also known for teaching filmmaking courses around the world.

Muhammad recently directed two seasons of Inspiration, an American mini-series drama. He has also

directed the award-winning film Orshena that talks about refugees.

Bayazid has previously been awarded the 2016 Award of Excellence - The IndieFEST – California (USA) 2016; the 2016 ICDA, Dubai (UAE); and the 2011 "Best Creative Short Film", LAFF, US awards.

Samah Safi Bayazid

Samah is a 28 year old award-winning filmmaker who lives in Washington DC. She studied filmmaking and screenwriting at the New York Film Academy in New York City. Samah started working professionally in the filmmaking industry at the age of 22, becoming one of the pioneers among professional Arab filmmakers in the industry. Samah has merged her passion for faith with filmmaking to produce unique humanitarian entertainment for audiences across the world, with short films, PSAs, TV campaigns, TV programs, documentaries, drama series, and music videos.

She produced Inspiration, an American mini-series drama with her husband, Director Muhammad Bayazid, who is both her life and work partner.

Her latest film Orshena has been officially selected for many international film festivals and recently won the Award of Excellence at the Indie Film Festival in California.


Her latest PSA Islamophobia addresses the phenomenon in the United States, went viral on social media, and got over 15 million views in just a few days. Samah also worked with Swedish artist Maher Zain on his music video Muhammad about the love for the prophet Muhammad PBUH. It has over 14 million views on YouTube.