Home Centre launches a meaningful initiative, 'The Homecoming', through a moving short film
Posted on 2022 Dec,29  | By ArabAd's staff

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Here is a love story, a story about a couple falling in love and the ups and downs that come in anyone's journey of falling in love. This story, from Home Centre, is about one such journey - about falling in love and finding a home.

Home Centre, the renowned home furniture retailer in the Middle East, believes that every home has its own unique story to tell. To bring this purpose to life, the brand had launched last year a pioneering and thought provoking initiative -“A Dad’s Job” - recognizing and celebrating Arab single moms.

This year, Home Centre has chosen to again address and provide support to families and homes for an untapped and unspoken topic in the Middle East, via a new initiative bold titled “The Homecoming”.  

The short film titled "Falling in Love" was conceived as part of  this pertinent initiative, as this short film is not a film that's just about that couple falling in love with each other.  It's also about them falling in love with an idea and a concept that is a major cultural and societal taboo in the Middle East region, adoption that is.

It is universally agreed that among the many gifts to man by the Almighty, the greatest, by far, is the gift of a child. However, some couples are denied this unique blessing for various reasons and resort to other ways to fulfill their wish. One such alternative is adoption. However, adoption has traditionally been regarded suspiciously by Middle Eastern societies for several reasons. But for those couples who have managed to stand in the face of tradition, the option to adopt a baby is a blessing.

Hence, no one and no brand has really tackled or endorsed such a sensitive topic in the region. And Home Centre was keen on showing how rewarding of a lifelong experience adoption is for both parents and young people alike. The heartfelt work highlights the mutual impact both adoptive child and parents can have on each other and help people realise adoption could be something for them.

The moving short, which was written and directed by Tahaab Rais, has been promoted on the brand’s social media platforms and in-store, earning positive sentiments and generating considerable positive stories around the topic.



Activating its purpose of giving every home its own unique story to tell, Home Centre becomes the first brand to ever talk about the controversial and divisive topic of adoption or fostering in the Middle East and in the Arab world, shedding light on the need for loving homes and caring families for the many orphans in the region. 

A digital platform launched in November 2022 on World Adoption Day shares knowledge and content around the topic of adoption or fostering from a well-known psychologist and a well-reputed legal advisory. The platform also provides links to organisations one can contact to learn more about adoption or fostering across the region. Famous influencers who have adopted as well as TV shows will be joining in to support the initiative. Additionally, a unique art exhibition will also be telling stories of children who are without a family or a home.

It is worth noting that the English YouTube version generated 8 million views in just five days of active promotion, while it was placed a little earlier. While the Arabic version garnered around 4 million views in the same period. Naturally, this bold initiative has been gaining traction and attracting both positive and negative sentiments owing to its nature.






Creative Agency: Publicis Groupe MENAT - Leo Burnett Middle East

Chief Executive Officer, Publicis Groupe: Bassel Kakish

Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett: Kalpesh Patankar

Chief Strategy Officer, Publicis Groupe: Tahaab Rais

Head of Production, Leo Burnett: Shereen Mostafa

Creative Director, Leo Burnett: Kapil Bhimekar

Associate Creative Director, Leo Burnett: Farhan Siddiqui

Senior Manager - Strategy & Insights, Leo Burnett: Anna Sadykova

Senior Producer, Leo Burnett: Judy Lamaa

Senior Manager - Communications Consultancy, Saatchi & Saatchi: Maria Jabbour

Senior Manager - Communications Consultancy, Leo Burnett: Nourhan El Geneidy


Production Company: Publicis Groupe MENAT - Prodigious ME

Director, Story & Screenplay: Tahaab Rais

Director of Photography: Aeyaz Hasn

Chief Executive Officer: Sami Saleh

Production Operation Lead: Myriam Abi Wardeh

Executive Producer: Naji Bechara

Producer: Marie Noel Bou Haila

Assistant Director: Remy Haddad

Casting Director: Rita Gergess

Actors: Basmaa Baydoun and Elias Zayek

Art Director: Charbel Zgheib

Wardrobe: Michella Bteiche

Make-up: Jean Pierre Ghosn

Hair: Fady Aoun

Production Manager: Elie Deek

Focus Puller: Joseph Kfoury

Grip: Elie Eid, GripBox

Production Runner: Hussein Dia

Locations: Picture House Lebanon


Post-Production: Publicis Groupe MENAT - Optix ME

Post-Production Operation Lead: Nayla Chacra

Post Producer: Megan Markel

Editor: Neda Zag, Cold Cutz

Colorist: Karim Mira, LZRD

Online: Eddy Farah

Singer: Alyssa Baker

Music: Seppl Kretz, Gyo Kretz and Michael Bertoldini, Magma Music Agency

Sound and SFX: Chris Atkins and Joe Dickinson, With Feeling


Brand: Home Centre

Chief Executive Officer: Sameer Jain

Head of Marketing and Brand: Siddarth Sivaprakash

Senior Manager Media and Trade Marketing: Atharv Ruparel

Manager Media and Trade Marketing: Hassaan Khan

Assistant Manager Creative and Brand: Deviani Rao

Assistant Manager Creative and Brand: Abbas Nashrulla

Assistant Manager Social Media: Minna Pauly

Senior Executive Media and Trade Marketing: Rinesha Nikam

Senior Executive Creative and Brand: Kamila Walter

Arabic Copywriter: Hala Domlog

Senior Graphic Designer: Allan Cablao

Graphic Designer and Animator: Ronald Patricio