Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait is a documentary about the Syrian Civil War, co-directed by Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan. "Divided into two parts, the film first draws on Syrians' cell-phone footage of peaceful demonstrations countered by regime ruthlessness to tell a story of ongoing courage and perseverance in the face of relentless efforts to destroy them both. In the second part the film narrates the director's Facebook friendship with a young Syrian-Kurdish woman (Wiam Simav Bedirxan), who passes film footage of the destruction of her city of Homs on to him." (excerpted from Lisa Wedeen, "Ossama Mohammed: Resilience and Poetic Creativity Against All Odds," 2015 Prince Claus Awards Book).
The film premiered in the "Special Screenings" section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Professor Lisa Wedeen will lead a discussion after the film.