28/11/2014

Silvered Water, Return to Homs to screen in Brussels

Syrian films screen in Brussels, supported by Euromed Audiovisual

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Silvered Water, Return to Homs to screen in Brussels

As part of this year's Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival from December 5 to 12, Cinemamed has joined forces with Euromed Audiovisual, Bozar Cinema, Cinema Aventure and ActionSyria to screen several award-winning documentaries by Syrian filmmakers from December 7 to 10.

First screened in Cannes last May, Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (produced by Les Films d'Ici, Proaction Film) has been described as "a visual poem of raw pain" by Screen Daily. It is co-directed by exiled Syrian director Ossama Mohammed and a young Kurdish woman living under siege in Homs, called Wiam Simav Bedirxan. 

Mohammad Ali Altasi's Our Terrible Country (produced by Bidayyat) will also be shown, in the presence of the director. The documentary follows the perilous journey of Yassin Haj Saleh, a well-known Syrian intellectual and dissident, and the young photographer Ziad Homsi, as they travel together from Damascus to Raqqa.

Also to screen are Eyas and Orwa Al Mokdad's short film Under the Tank, andSyrian-born Palestinian poet Ghayath Almadhoun's The Celebration.

In Ziad Kalthoum's The Immortal Sergeant (produced by Crystal Films), the events range between the filmmaker's life in the army after his military service and his work as an assistant director to Syrian director Mohamed Malas after the outbreak of the Syrian uprising.

In Talal Derki's Return to Homs (produced by Proaction Film),Syrian soccer star Abdul Basset Saroo becomes a protest leader and singer in the popular uprising against the regime. After a violent army crackdown, he abandons peaceful protest to join the resistance. The film won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Finally, in Antonio Auguguliaro, Gabriele Del Grande and Khaled Soliman's lo Sto con la Sposa, the filmmakers help Syrian refugees across the borders of Fortress Europe disguised as a wedding party. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the directors.

But films from the rest of the South Mediterranean region will also be screening at the festival from December 5 to 12.

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania's El Challat, Algerian director Lyes Salam's The Man From Oran, and Israeli director Talya Lavie's Zero Motivation are running in the festival's competition.

In the Panorama section, festival-goers will be able to see the Mohamed Amin Benamraoui's Adios Carmen, in the presence of the director, Israeli director Yuval Adler's Bethlehem, Egyptian director Amr Salama's Excuse My French, Moroccan director Hicham Ayouch's Fevers, Rani Massalha's Girafada, Jordanian director Cherien Dabis's May in the Summer, and Sean Gullette's Moroccan-US co-production Traitors.

Meanwhile, the MeDoc section will show Palestinian director Mahdi Fleifel's A World Not Ours, as well as Israeli directors Nurit Kedar and Yaron Shani's Life Sentences.

As a festival partner for the third year in the row, Euromed Audiovisual has invited several directors from the South Mediterranean region to attend the festival, and will also be screening three short films from the region, awarded during its 2014 MADE in MED short film contest: Syrian director Amjad Wardeh's War on Famous Canvas, Jordanian director Ahmad Saleh's House, and Tunisian director Doria Achour's After the Blaze.

For more details, please click here (Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival) and here (Syria on Film).

Source: Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival

Translation: Hayley Wood

 

Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival -- trailer: 

Silvered Water -- trailer (Arabic with English subtitles):

Our Terrible Country -- trailer (Arabic with English subtitles):

 Return to Homs -- trailer (Arabic with English subtitles):

The Celebration -- full poem:

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