Silvered Water, Syria Self-portrai

Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan
Screening time  
26.02. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 2  
"If your camera were here, in Homs, what would you be filming?"

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

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

Wiam Simav Bedirxan is a Kurdish documentary filmmaker based in Homs, Syria. Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014) is her debut film.

General sponsor

Ma'a al-Fidda

France, Syrian Arab Republic
2014, 92', DCP

Directed by:
Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan

Wiam Simav Bedirxan

Edited by:
Maisoun Assad

Noma Omran

Serge Lalou, Camille Laemlé, Orwa Nyrabia, Diana El Jeiroudi

Produced by:
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