SILVERED WATER: SYRIA SELF PORTRAIT

Directed by Ossama Mohammed & Wiam Simav Bedirxan

The film offers a rare glimpse inside the hermetic world of Syria during the early stages of its Civil War, chronicling the siege of Homs through a combination of eye-witness accounts posted to the internet and on-the-ground footage shot by Bedirxan, an elementary school teacher. Insofar as cinema has the power to serve as historical archive, to provide a more visceral experience of what life looks like than, say, the written word, there is no place more critical to document in the present moment than Syria.  Censorship has precluded true and meaningful discourse on the conflict— many scholars and academics cannot and do not speak out, out of fear for their lives.  More than mere documentary, Silvered Water functions as a mise-en-abîme of the Syrian experience itself.  The film's structure reflects the fragmented nature of existence inside the regime— equally, of life in exile.  These obstacles dictate the form of Silvered Water which, in addition to Bedirxan's footage, is comprised of thousands of clips sourced from average people on cell-phones.


SILVERED WATER: SYRIA SELF PORTRAIT
Directors: Ossama Mohammed & Wiam Simav Bedirxan
Watch the movie here

During the week of Jan 26 - Feb 2, FILMATIQUE is donating 50% of its proceeds to WHITE HELMETS.

Thursday, January 26, 2017