Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, Official Selection
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
BUSAN FILM FESTIVAL
CPH:DOX DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA)
"The horrors of the war in Syria and the siege of Homs are recounted with crude realism and poetic imagination... giving the measure of horror in Syria better than any documentary so far." – Hollywood Reporter
"A necessary documentary that bears vital witness to the horrors of Syria's civil war." – Variety
"Silvered Water’s greatest achievement is to reel in the world’s chaos and make it a work of cinematic art. There have been other films about the situation in Syria and sadly there will be more. Some have been brave and powerful, but none have transcended the document the way Silvered Water does." – Bomb Magazine
"A cri de coeur that implores the West to ponder the consequences of a conflict for which there are no facile panaceas, Silvered Water invites us to immerse ourselves in the unimaginable while making us equally cognizant of our political impotence." – Cinema Scope
This devastating and highly important film depicts the brutal reality of the Syrian Civil War as captured first-hand by both its victims and its perpetrators -- or "1,001" ordinary Syrians. Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait is also a rare poetic work that powerfully expresses the humanity and perseverance of Syrians, as it explores the topography of their country torn by civil war that has left nearly 500,000 dead and 11,000,000 homeless. The film has been recognized by important institutions as perhaps the most artistically-accomplished documentary on the war to date.
Syrian director Ossama Mohammed, who was forced into exile after speaking out against the Assad regime at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, began assembling online footage to bear witness to the atrocities inflicted by the regime, and to address the helplessness he felt in exile. Months later, a brave Kurdish woman Wiam Simav Bedirxan reached out to Mohammed with the question; “If your camera was here in Homs, what would you be filming?” Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait records their astonishing collaboration.
Footage from Bedirxan’s smuggled camera, showing the devastation of a city under siege, is woven with images compiled and crafted by Mohammed, raw and visceral insights into life and death in civil war. The film gradually shifts from its shocking and disturbing undertone to form a highly reflective, and uniquely cinematic elegy. Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait is at once a landmark document of the Syrian Civil War, and an unforgettable testament to human courage and dignity.
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