Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait

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    Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait

    Eau argentée, Syrie autoportrait

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    92 min

    • Arabic


    Cannes IFF - Special Screenings

    Shot by a reported “1,001 Syrians” according to the filmmakers, SILVERED WATER, SYRIA SELF-PORTRAIT impressionistically documents the destruction and atrocities of the civil war through a combination of eye-witness accounts shot on mobile phones and posted to the internet, and footage shot by Bedirxan during the siege of Homs. Bedirxan, an elementary school teacher in Homs, had contacted Mohammed online to ask him what he would film, if he was there. Mohammed, working in forced exile in Paris, is tormented by feelings of cowardice as he witnesses the horrors from afar, and the self-reflexive film also chronicles how he is haunted in his dreams by a Syrian boy once shot to death for snatching his camera on the street.


    • The Grierson Award - BFI London FF



    Ossama Mohammed
    Wiam Simav Bedirxan
    Ossama Mohammed
    Wiam Simav Bedirxan
    Maïsoun Assad
    Noma Omran

    Director's Statement

    In Syria, everyday, YouTubers film then die; others kill then film. In Paris, driven by my unexhaustible love for Syria, I find that I can only film the sky and edit the footage posted. From within the tension between my estrangement in France and the revolution, an encounter happenned. A young Kurdish woman 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.



    A necessary, often unbearable documentary that bears vital witness to the horrors of Syria’s civil war.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    A meta mise en scène imagining, creating a whole, distant, deeply suffering world through dispersed fragments.

    David Hudson, Fandor

    Ossama Mohammed

    Ossama Mohammed


    Ossama Mohammed is a Syrian film director and screenwriter. His film THE BOX OF LIFE was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently living in exile in Paris, where he collaborated on SILVERED WATER, SYRIA SELF-PORTRAIT.

    Wiam Simav Bedirxan

    Wiam Simav Bedirxan


    Wiam Simav Bedirxan is a Syrian Kurdish documentary filmmaker from Homs, who co-directed the 2014 film SILVERED WATER, SYRIA SELF-PORTRAIT with exiled filmmaker Ossama Mohammed. Bedirxan documented the Siege of Homs, sending footage via the internet to Mohammed in Paris. She only met her co-director, whom she had contacted for advice on what to film, when she was able to escape Homs and attend the film's world premiere.