Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014)
A Film by Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan
A Coproduction of Proaction Film and Les Films d’Ici
Producers: Orwa Nyrabia and Diana El Jeiroudi, Serge Lalou and Camille Laemle.
Supported by: Arte France, CNC, Sundance Documentary Film Program, AFAC, Procirep.
International Sales: Doc & Film International.
Distributors: Potemkine Films (France), Paco Poch Cinema (Spain), Wanted (Italy), Leopardo Filmes (Portugal), Tereza & Sunny (Japan)
Arabic with English or French subtitles, 93min, 2K DCP 5.1
Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival 2014, Special Screenings. Official Selection of TIFF, NYFF, Busan, Cairo IFF, Locarno… among others.
The Grierson Award at the London Film Festival 2014, Best Film Award at the Istanbul Independent Film Festival, Audience Award at the Berlin ALFILM Festival… among others.
In Syria, everyday, YouTubers film then die; others kill then film.
In Paris, driven by my inexhaustible love for Syria, I find that I can only film the sky and edit the footage posted on YouTube.
From within the tension between my estrangement in France and the revolution, an encounter happened. A young Kurdish from Homs began to chat with me, asking: ‘If your camera were here, in Homs, what would you be filming?”. Silvered Water is the story of that encounter.