Ossama Mohammed & Wiam Simav Bedirxan • 2014 • Syria
Silvered Water chronicles the siege of Homs, an early battle in Syria's then-nascent civil war. More than mere documentary, it functions as a reflection 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 premiered in the Official Selection of Cannes, and won prizes including Best Documentary at London, Turin, and the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.