Please join 3CT for screenings of a astonishing documentary short, Step by Step (1978) and a feature-length parody of regime rule, Stars in Broad Daylight (1988) by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Ossama Mohammed. The screening will begin at 3PM and refreshments will be provided.
Born in Lattakiya in 1954, Ossama Mohammed graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1979. Ossama Mohammed’s bold films examine power, conflict and humanity. He has played a central role in Syria’s film and film production scene for several decades. Through diverse, innovative methods, from dramatic satire to, reflections from exile and street recordings, he creates unflinching, profound and poetic insights into the Syrian context.
His first short documentary ".. Khutwa Khutwa" (Step by Step, 1978), a film that touched the secret of transformation poor innocent children into soldiers and stand-by killers. It was selected after 35 years to the official selection Berlin 2013.
His first fiction feature Nujum al-Nahar (Stars in Broad Daylight) in 1988. 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. The film was selected at the Cannes Film Festival's Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, and earned the filmmaker great critical praise, including the Golden palm at the Valencia Festival in the same year.
He was unable to make his second feature until 2002. Sunduq al-Dunya (Sacrifices, 2002), was selected for the Cannes Film Festival's section Un Certain Regard in 2002. Complex and visually stunning, the film has confirmed its maker as one of the Soviet film school's graduates most individual and masterful filmmakers.
After 2011 in the forced exile in Paris, he began a new cinematic adventure: “ Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait ”, Cannes official selection-2014.an innovative proposal for Cinema Author. Syrian tragedy Shot by "1,001 Syrians”Ossama's film Author is composed of a thousand images filmed by a thousand Syrian anonymous authors .
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the Pozen Center for Human Rights.
RSVP required as there is limited seating.
For more information about the films or the event itself, visit the 3CT website.