|26.02. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 2|
Syrian director Ossama Mohammed had been in political exile in Paris for eight months when, around Christmas 2011, he received a message through his Facebook account from a young Kurdish activist in Homs. Trapped under heavy shelling and aerial bombardment, she asked him: "If your camera were here, in Homs, what would you be filming?" The activist's name was Simav, Kurdish for "silvered water," and this encounter yielded a remarkable artistic collaboration, the product of which was widely hailed as a masterpiece after its premiere at this Cannes Film Festival. Over two years, Mohammed filmed in Paris and distilled stories from thousands of videos posted by Syrians online, as well as from the footage that Simav herself was shooting in Homs. Under siege, Simav's camera became her salvation, while her astounding steadfastness and courage became to Mohammed a metaphor for a new Syria being born from the devastation of war.
Ossama Mohammed was born in Latakia, Syria. His debut short film, Khutwa Khutwa (1978), screened at Berlin. His narrative features include Stars in Broad Daylight (1988) and The Box of Life (2002). He is currently living in exile in Paris, where he collaborated on Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait.
Wiam Simav Bedirxan is a Kurdish documentary filmmaker based in Homs, Syria. Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014) is her debut film.
France, Syrian Arab Republic
2014, 92', DCP
Wiam Simav Bedirxan
Serge Lalou, Camille Laemlé, Orwa Nyrabia, Diana El Jeiroudi
Les Films d'ici, Proaction Film
Festivals & Awards:
Cannes Film Festival 2014; IDFA 2014; Toronto International Film Festival 2014; Locarno International Film Festival 2014; Busan International Film Festival 2014; London Film Festival 2014; Cairo International Film Festival 2014
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