Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait

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Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Eau argentée, Syrie autoportrait)

Directed by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Ossama Mohammed

  • Syria 2014; 92 min
  • Original version: Arabic
  • Genre: Documentary
    • The Grierson Award - BFI London FF

  • 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.

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.




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