Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait

This collaboration between exiled Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed and young Kurdish activist Wi’am Simav Bedirxan distills footage from thousands of clandestine videos, to create a shattering, on-the-ground documentary, chronicling the ordeal undergone by ordinary Syrians in the civil war.

  • Ossama Mohammed

    Born in Lattakiya in 1954, lives in Paris.

    Ossama Mohammed graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1979. He worked regularly as co-author or co-director with Mohammad Malas and Omar Amiralay. Mohammed directed his first fiction feature, Stars in Broad Daylight, in 1988. The film was selected at the Cannes Film Festival’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and earned the filmmaker great critical praise, including the Golden Olive at the Valencia Festival in the same year. His second feature, Sacrifices (2002) was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s section Un Certain Regard.


  • Wi'am Simav Bedirxan

    Wi’am Simav Bedirxan’s previous documentary films were screened in the Arab region over the past three years under alias names, to ensure her safety in Syria. She is a Syrian-Kurdish filmmaker from the city of Homs.