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Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait

New Perspectives on 21st Century Documentary

Crime/Violence · Politics · History/War

  • CountryFrance/Syria
  • Production Year 2014
  • Running Time93min
  • Format DCP
  • ColorColor
Program Note
Can smartphones be a new weapon for the people of the 21st century? Today anyone can take a picture of the lowest places on earth with a camera in their hand and send it to the world. Silvered Water, Syria Self- Portrait was created by such power of the people; it is a documentary made possible only in the 21st century. Syrian director Ossama Mohammed who fled to Paris in 2011 begins a Facebook chat with Kurdish woman activist, Wiam Simav Bedirxan. When asked what he would film if he were in Syria with a camera, Mohammed answered, “Everything.” That was how footage taken by Bedirxan and 1,001 Syrians came together. Cinematic mourning seeps through the city in flames, overflowing blood, and moments that make the audience want to look away, and Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait becomes an answer to what to do with film in the face of the horrors of war. (KANG Sowon)
Director
Director
Ossama MOHAMMED
Born in Latakia, Syria in 1954, Ossama Mohammed graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography. His first fiction film, Stars in Broad Daylight (1988), was selected by the Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival. His next film, Sacrifices (2002), was selected by the Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival. Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, a production he co-directed, premiered in the Special Screening section at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Excellence Award of the International Competition at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and was invited to the Busan International Film Festival the same year.
Director
Wiam Simav BEDIRXAN
Wiam Simav Bedirxan is a Kurdish documentary film director hailing from the city of Homs, Syria. She is using an alias name to ensure her safety. Her co-directing film Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait premiered in the Special Screening section at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Excellence Award of the International Competition at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and was invited to the Busan International Film Festival the same year.
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Credit
  • Director Ossama MOHAMMED, Wiam Simav BEDIRXAN
  • Production Company Les Films d′Ici
    France
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  • World Sales THE PARTY FILM SALES
    France 16 rue Frochot, 75009, Paris
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Schedule
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06-20
21:15
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06-22
11:00
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