18Dec 2014

​Return To Homs has been nominated for two Cinema Eye Honours awards, for Debut Feature and Production.​ Read here

18Dec 2014

‘The Mulberry House’ Awarded at This Human World Festival

The Mulberry House has received the Jury Prize of the Austrian This Human World film festival, and looks forward to a theatrical release in Austria in coming months. Read here

18Dec 2014

‘Silvered Water’ Receives Special Mention at Filmmaker Festival, Italy

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait receives a special mention from the jury of Filmmaker Festival in Italy; “for the ability to disrupt the certainties of the viewer through a work highly emotional and political, while demonstrating a deep consepe volezza in giving shape and meaning to all images available”. Read here

18Dec 2014

New Digital Releases of ‘Return to Homs’

Netflix and POV have acquired Return to Homs for the North American markets. For Arab World audiences, the film will also be premiered on Al Arabiya very soon.

18Dec 2014

Review of ‘Silvered Water’ in Le Monde

Jaques Mandelbaum calls Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait a requiem for the Revolution. Read here

17Dec 2014

Piece on ‘Silvered Water’ in La Città Nuova

(In Italian) Read the piece here: La Città Nuova

16Dec 2014

Crowd-Funding Launch for ‘Silvered Water’

Our partners in Les Films d’Ici just launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover the additional expenses for Silvered Water’s theatrical release in France… thanks for contributing and for sharing with friends.
15Dec 2014

‘Silvered Water’ Opens in France

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait will be released throughout France on 17th December 2014. It will be screened in the following cinemas:
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15Dec 2014

CBS 60 Minutes Piece “Inside Homs”

CBS correspondent Bob Simon interviews Orwa Nyrabia, Talal Derki and Wiam Simav Bedirxan for 60 Minutes, as part of a segment called ‘Inside Homs’. Watch the segment and other clips from the interviews with Nyrabia and others here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/raw-reporting-from-the-syrian-civil-war/

12Dec 2014

French Trailer of ‘Silvered Water’ Released

The French trailer of Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait has been released, ahead of the film’s release in France on the 17th of December. Watch it here:

 

10Dec 2014

‘Return to Homs’ Selected Among Indiewire’s Top 12 Documentaries of 2014

Indiewire has nominated Return to Homs as one of its Top 12 Documentaries of 2014, alongside Laura Poitras’ ‘Citizenfour’. The author of the list, Anthony Kaufman, describes the film as “an affecting and devastating portrait”. Read the full list here: Indiewire

08Dec 2014

Review of ‘Silvered Water’ in Fragil Magazine

Nathalie Guilotte reviews Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait for French online magazine, Fragil, musing that, “pendant une heure trente, des images brutes nous donnent à voir l’ampleur de la tragédie collective syrienne qui, par delà, revêt un aspect universel”. Read the full review here: Fragil

05Dec 2014

Cairo Review 2014: Silvered Water

Writing for Twitch, Shelagh M Rowan-Legg writes that Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait is “harrowing, not for the faint of heart, and poetic even in it’s depiction of the most terrible tragedy.” Read the full review here: Cairo Review 2014

05Dec 2014

“The horror is beyond comprehension”: Silvered Water Reviewed in The Huffington Post

Karin Badt reviews Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, calling it “a shocking film” but drawing attention to the film’s identity as a piece of art, beyond it’s ability to bear witness to the horror of the situation in Syria. Find more information here: Filming Killing

05Dec 2014

Avant Premier of Silvered Water

Today, the “avant-premier” of Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait will take place at the prestigious Cinemathèque Francaise in Paris, with the filmmakers present, preceding the official theatrical release of the film in France on December 17th, which will be followed by it’s release in Spain, Portugal and Italy.

19Nov 2014

‘Silvered Water’ Selected Among Top Ten Films at IDFA 2014

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Dutch newspaper Het Parool has selected Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait as one of its top ten picks of the IDFA Documentary festival, held in Amsterdam. Find more information here: Het Parool.

19Nov 2014

“Silvered Water” is a scalding, abrasively provocative cinematic experience, punctuated by moments of great beauty.”

Writing for Beirut-based English-language newspaper the Daily Star, Jim Quilty examines the symbiotic themes of “truth” and “cinema” that run through Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait and, indeed, all films. Read the article here: The Daily Star

19Nov 2014

‘Return to Homs’ Wins Best Arab Feature

Return to Homs has won the Best Arab Feature Award at this year’s LatinArab Film Festival. The Award is voted for by the LatinArab audience, Find more information here (Spanish): LatinArab

19Nov 2014

‘Return to Homs’ Receives Special Jury Mention at Abu Dhabi

Return to Homs was screened at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on the 28th and 30th of October and received Special Mention by the Jury. Find more information here: Abu Dhabi FF

19Nov 2014

‘Return to Homs’ Wins at Festival des Libertés

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Return to Homs has been awarded the Prix du Festival, at the Festival des Libertés in Brussels. The jury was particularly struck by the “narrative strength” of the film, and the intimate portrait of radicalisation in process that it provides. The Festival’s official statement of the award declares Return to Homs to be: “Un film bouleversant.” Find more information here: Festival des Libertés

10Nov 2014

‘Silvered Water’ at CPH:DOX

Sara Thelle recommends Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, calling it “poetry, in the dialogs, in the images, in the editing.”[sic] However she warns that the strength of the images that Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan have woven together permits us such an unusually unobstructed view of the “Horror. Hell”, of the lives of Syrian civilians that it has haunted her ever since she watched it.  Yet Thelle commands her readers to see the film, firstly because it is a rare glimpse of what is really going on in Syria, from the civilian perspective, and because, artistically, she “would not hesitate to call it a masterpiece”.

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait will be screened twice at the CPH:DOX festival in Copenhagen, which began today and continues until the 19th.

10Nov 2014

‘Return to Homs’ at DIFF

Return to Homs was selected to take part in the Dharamsala International Film festival, as part of their commitment this year to tackle the pertinent subjects of conflict and displacement. Find more information here: DIFF

10Nov 2014

‘Return to Homs’ at Columbia Iranian Students Association

Return to Homs will be screened tonight as the opening film in a series of screenings and discussions hosted by Columbia students, aiming to provide the international community with a better understanding of the current situation in the Middle East. Find more information here: columbia

06Nov 2014

‘Silvered Water’ included in Official Selection for CIFF 2014

The line-up for the 36th Cairo International Film Festival has been announced and includes Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, as part of its Official Selection program. The festival will take place at the Cairo Opera House from November 9th-18th. Find more information here: CIFF

29Oct 2014

‘Silvered Water’ Nominated at Asia Pacific Awards

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Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait has become the first Syrian film ever to be nominated for an APSA. Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan’s film has been nominated in the category of Best Feature Documentary. Find more information here: APSA

28Oct 2014

‘Return to Homs’ at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014

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Return to Homs will be screened as part of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on the 28th and 30th of October. Find more information here: abudhabiff

24Oct 2014

‘Silvered Water’ Wins the Grierson Award at LFF

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait has won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the 58th BFI London Film Festival, with the jury calling it “unflinching and poetic”. Read more here: griersonaward

17Oct 2014

‘Silvered Water’ at London Film Festival

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Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait was screened to great acclaim at the 58th BFI London Film Festival last weekend. Maggie Gogler of View of the Arts has written that, “Along with the flawless editing, amazingly modern use of natural sounds and Noma Omran’s music, Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait is a shattering 90 minute documentary which will make you think that “there is no limit on what cinema can do in the face of the war”. It’s certainly a must see film.” Read the full review here: viewofthearts

14Oct 2014

‘Silvered Water’ To Open New Mobile Phone Festival In Syria

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait will premier inside Syria at the newly established Syrian Mobile Film Festival. The festival will take place within liberated regions of Syria (Kafranbel, Aleppo, Jabal Al Zawiya, Al Atareb, Al Bab) on October 15th, kicking off with Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait. Find more information here: syria-film

14Oct 2014

‘Silvered Water’ To Be Screened at CPH:DOX*

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait will be screened at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival in November, among the festival’s pick of ‘Top Dox’. Find more information here: cphdox