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Coming Home (Slot 2)


Coming Home follows Freedom Dabka Group - a collective of Palestinian-American dancers, living in Bay Ridge (Brooklyn) who use Dabka as a way to connect to their community and homeland. Shot on 16mm under the unique constraints of 2020-21, featuring archive photography from The Palestinian Museum.

10 minutes

English and Arabic

Written and Directed by Naim Naif and Margot Bowman

Produced by Meghan Doherty, Naim Naif & Margot Bowman

Introducing - Freedom Dabka Group

Cinematographer: Kenny Suleimanagich

Editor: Aika Miyake

Music Director: Gisela Fullà Silvestre

Colorist: Houmam Abdallah

Production Manager: Sokhna Samb

Translation: Sloan Abihaidar

Sound: Ken Goodwin (Silver Sound) and Peter Getz (Sound Co-op)

Archive photography - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive


World Premiere: South By South West (Austin, Texas)

Palm Springs International Short Fest (Palm Springs, California)

Nantucket Film Festival (Nantucket, Massachusetts)

Rooftop Films Summer Series (New York, NY)

Official selection of season 5 of POV on PBS, to air in December 2022.

Screening Dates

Ramallah, Municipal Theater - Ramallah City Hall, Sunday 06.11 20:00
Jerusalem, Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Center, Wednesday 02.11 19:00
Jenin, Freedom Theater, Thursday 03.11 18:00