Silvered Water, Syria Self-portrait wins the Grierson Documentary Competition at the 58th BFI London Film Festival.

Silvered Water, Syria Self-portrait wins the Grierson Documentary Competition at the 58th BFI London Film Festival.

Amongst the winners of the 58th BFI London Film Festival announced on Saturday night, Silver Water, Syria Self-Portrait was with the Grierson Award for Best Documentary.

In a collaboration between exiled Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan trapped inside Homs, Silvered Water, Syria Self-portrait offers a powerful and often painful insight into life in a country ravaged by civil war.

Announcing the winner was jury president, the director, writer and producer Sophie Fiennes. She commented: "The jury were deeply affected by this film. Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan’s portrait of Syria is both unflinching and poetic. It is hard to watch, because the fact of war is and should be unbearable. Bedirxan’s passionate and courageous quest to be a reliable witness, while trying to comprehend and survive her desperate situation in Homs, is profoundly moving. Ossama Mohammed’s exile in Paris, resonates with our own safe distance from this war, but the miracle of the film is how it engages us."

Reaching this verdict with Fiennes were the Emmy-winner and BAFTA-nominated producer and director Roy Ackerman, the multi award-winning producer and editor of Storyville Nick Fraser, Dogwoof’s head of distribution Oli Harbottle, and Grierson award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter Penny Woolcock.

The London Film Festival Grierson Award for the best documentary recognises outstanding feature-length documentaries of integrity, originality, technical excellence or cultural significance.

Published: 21 October 2014

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