Wednesday 15 November 2017, 19:30-21:30 hrs.
Film Academy cinema
Cinematic language, Censorship, Freedom. Imagination.
Irony and sarcasm.
Spartacus and Assad
The dictator outside the frame - within the frame.
Frame inside the frame.
Is it I who made my films?
I will tell my story. Three films during 37 years (14 years between the 1st and the 2nd film, 12 years between the 2nd and the 3rd)
Reflections on the “Isolation, fanaticism, holy and violence“.
I will introduce clips from my films which were banned in Syria.
This is not a political matter, it's rather an attempt to find out what beauty is.
About Ossama Mohammed
Born in Lattakia (Syria) in 1954, Ossama Mohammed graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1979. His first short documentary Khutwa Khutwa(Step by step 1978) was about the transformation of poor and innocent children in to soldiers and stand by killers. After 35 years the film was selected for the official selection of Berlin 2013.
His first feature fiction film Nujum al-Nahar (Stars in broad Daylight 1988) was deemed by many to be the most scathing critique of contemporary Syrian society trapped in the iron grip of the Baath regime. The film has never been allowed a public screening in Syria but it was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and earned the filmmaker great critical praise, including the Golden Palm at the Valencia Festival the same year. He wasn’t able to make his second feature until 2002. Sunduq al-Dunya (Sacrifices, 2002) was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s selection Un Certain Regard in 2002.
After 2011, in forced exile in Paris, he began a new cinematic adventure with the documentary Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Cannes official selection 2014) a Syrian tragedy shot by 1001 anonymous Syrian authors.