A look at first-hand video accounts of violence in modern-day Syria as filmed by activists in the besieged city of Homs.A look at first-hand video accounts of violence in modern-day Syria as filmed by activists in the besieged city of Homs.A look at first-hand video accounts of violence in modern-day Syria as filmed by activists in the besieged city of Homs.
It makes you think about the impact technology and social media has had, especially as we sit here on facebook while this is happening. It constantly reminds you about facebook, leaving in the sounds of notifications and text messages. It's deliberately jarring and gut wrenching for it. That's when the narrative switches to the communication and friendship between the co- directors whilst Ossama Mohammed has escaped and Wiam Bedirxan remains in Syria. She watches the world burn while he revels in guilt. It begins a call and response structure of Hiroshima Mon Amour where Syria is their equivalent to post-WWII Hiroshima. The film significantly improves on that change of focus as he tries to argue that life has meaning. He begins analysing the images he receives as if they're intentional and artistic, perhaps almost as a defensive mechanism. Unfortunately the film is very messy in its construction with loose chapters and inter-titles that have no clear intentions. Perhaps this is the best Mohammed could do under the circumstances. If it's abstract art then it doesn't really work. It's far too in your face, but with no apologies.Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait captures the utter hopelessness of what's going on in the world today, with a touch of a slim hope that cinema can help. It's certainly a powerful doc that puts the world on your shoulders.
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- Nov 8, 2014