Filming Killing: "Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait" by Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan

November 22, 2014 11:22 AM

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It is a shocking film: Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedixan's Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, featuring the footage of the ongoing killing going on in Syria, filmed by the people struck by and in the middle of the violence, on their cell-phones. Director Ossama Mohammed told his public at the Lisbon-Estoril Film Festival, where his film screened in Competition last week, that he wanted to testify to the beautiful perseverance of the human being to record experience. Even though the cell-phone videos (and the video-cam clips of Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Mohammed's collaborator, who courageously filmed the siege of Homs), are of suffering and death, they are still, he told us, "artistic work, cinematic."

Yet what we see in the clips is not beautiful. Silvered Water begins with a baby's umbilical cord being cut, suggesting that this new human being has no idea what horrors await him or her. The horrors include cadavers of children in the streets; a teenager being tortured in prison, a little boy kiss...

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