Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan | France, Syria | 2014 | 92 min. | V.O Arabic and French subtitled in Spanish and English
Ossama Mohammed, in exile in Paris, shows in this work the impossibility of making a film at a distance about his country at war. He rightly titles it a self-portrait of Syria, because the Syrians are the authors of its images, precariously shot with digital cameras or cell phones. Videos that show in all its crudeness the reality of the conflict that the media have not shown. Through this material, and his correspondence with the young filmmaker Wiam Simav Bedirxan -a diary about her life in Homs which makes up the other pillar on which the film rests- Mohammed struggles with worry and guilt at feeling safe at a time when everything is at stake in his wounded homeland, while he delivers a document of outstanding value for understanding what is really happening in Syria.
Direction: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan
Script: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan
Cinematography: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan
Editing: Maïsoun Asaad
Music: Noma Omran
Sound: Raphaël Girardot