Nomination Detail

Never before has a civil war been so captured on film, from so many perspectives, by civilians using whatever device they have available. When a young Syrian woman in Homs, school teacher and filmmaker Wiam Simav Bedirxan, combine forces with filmmaker Ossama Mohammed, exiled in Paris, the result is a self-portrait of a nation at war with itself. Filmed by over 1000 Syrians and narrated by Mohammed, Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait documents the destruction and atrocities of the civil war through a chorus of eyewitness accounts shot on mobile phones and posted to the internet.


The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.

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