It has been a year since the last event“Stand with Syria Now: Film Screening of Return To Homs and Open-Discussion”.
A year passed… very, unfortunately, to mention that the Crisis of Syria has escalated even more with over 47 thousand deaths and 4.8 million Syrian-refugees. Precious lives are dying at this very moment in Syria.
I have been working on this new event-project when I finished organizing the last one. There have always questioned: “Where Syria is heading…?” and “How the lives living in Syria where became a war-zone?”. I have always faced Syria where is only and dearest home for Syrians. Sometimes, I could not sleep well due to the horrifying situation going on Syria. I felt hopeless and powerless to see the fact that no single effective solution has promoted over five years but people are certainly losing their homes, foods, opportunities, and lives. However, I cannot just stand still; I have to keep going ahead to make changes for Syria. Those thoughts brought the upcoming event, “Syria, The Lives living in-between War and Love: Film Screening of “Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait” and Panel Talks with Experts” on 23rd December 2016.
We will be screening a film Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait by Ossama Mohammed on the event. We will also invite professional Arab Literature, Photo-journalist who served with Free Syrian Army and a young Syrian man who became a refugee in Japan. The aim is always the same; to light the actual people who are living under horrific the Crisis of Syria.
Let’s show our solidarity for Syria, let’s prove to the world that we are not abandoning people of Syria.
No reservation required, please come to the venue directly!
***Details of Events
◇ Syria, The Lives living in-between War and Love: Film Screening of “Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait” and Panel Talks with Experts
【Date】23rd (FRI) December 2016
【Venue】Auditorium of Building 9, Rikkyo University (Ikebukuro Campus)
14:00 Opening Remarks: Masako Ishii, Professor of Department of Intercultural Communication of Rikkyo University
《Session 1: Film Screening》
14:10 Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait（96min）
《Session 2: Expert-Talks》
16:00 Kaoru Yamamoto (Arab Literature) “Commentary of the film: Syria through literature”
16:30 Shin Yahiro (Photojournalist) “Syria: Actual Side of the Revolution”
17:30 Yasser Jamal Al-Deen (“Syrian Refugee in Japan) “Myself and Syria, and Japan”
18:00 Icchiku Yamada “Thinking of Syria Now: Interviews with Journalist Takeshi Sakuragi and with Syrians”
18:20 Q&A Session
18:50 Closing Remarks： Icchiku Yamada
【Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait Details】
Director: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan
Videos and Photos: Wiam Simav Bedirxan, 1001 people of Syria, Ossama Mohammed
Country: Syria | France
Filming Locations: Homs, Syria
Runtime: 96 min
Production Co: Les Films d’Ici, Proaction Film
Distribution Company in Japan: Tereza and Sunny (テレザとサニー)
Known asةضفلا ماء , シリア・モナムール, Eau argentée, Syrie autoportrait
The astonishing collaboration between exiled Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed and young Kurdish activist Wiam Simav Bedirxan distills footage from thousands of clandestine videos to create a shattering, on-the-ground documentary chronicle of the ordeal being undergone by ordinary Syrians in the ongoing civil war.
In Syria, every day, activists and people film then die; others kill then film. In Paris, Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed, driven by his inexhaustible love for Syria, he finds that he can only film the sky and edit the footage posted. From within the tension between his estrangement in France and the revolution, an encounter happened. Simav from Homs began to chat with me, asking: ‘If your camera were here, in Homs, what would you be filming?’.
At once tragic and miraculous, Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait is a shattering portrait of the ordeal being endured by ordinary Syrians, even as its very existence attests to the spirit of possibility that even the most brutal repression cannot crush.
(Via Production and TIFF)
The Special Screenings section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Winner of Grierson Award, London Film Festival, 2014.
Winner of Gandhi’s Glasses Award – Special Mention, Torino Film Festival, 2014.
Winner of Prize of Excellence, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 2015.
◇ Photo Exhibition by Shin Yahiro | Syria: Lives in-between the Revolution and Love
21st (WED) December 2016 – 25th (SUN) December 2016: 5days
【Venue】Room 9202, building 9, Rikkyo University (Ikebukuro Campus)
【Photos】21 photographs taken in Syria. Mr. Yahiro has spent time with Free Syrian Army and in revels’ town.
By Icchiku Yamada