My Films, My Freedom, My humanity: Independent Cinema Under Dictatorship.

An evening with Ossama Mohammed - in Conversation with Dr Dalia Mostafa

In this informal conversation, Ossama Mohammed tells his story of independent film-making in Syria under the oppression of the Assad regime and explores the role of cinema as a form of resistance.

Come along to this unique, unmissable evening with one of Syria’s most influential and celebrated directors who will share his reflections on cinema, revolution and encounters with human tragedy, hope and complexity. 

Ossama Mohammed

Born in the coastal city of Lattakia, Syria in 1954 and in exile in Paris since 2011, Ossama Mohammed graduated from the Moscow State High School of Cinema (VGIK) in 1979 and remains one of the most significant film directors in Syria. Ossama’s auteur style of filmmaking defies conventional genre distinctions and ranges from trenchant, dark satirical commentaries of regime rule to quasi-documentaries. His 1988 feature film, Nujum al-Nahar (Stars in Broad Daylight) is considered a masterpiece of Syrian cinema and was banned in ‘Assad Syria.’  It is perhaps the most politically critical film ever produced in Syria.

In 2015, Ossama won a Prince Claus Award which recognised that 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.” 

Ossama’s most recent film, Silvered Water (2014), which reports on the atrocities and violence perpetrated against the Syrian people by the Ba’ath Regime, premièred at Cannes and will also be screened at the Celebrating Syria Festival on 14 July followed by Q&A with Ossama Mohammed.


Dr Dalia Mostafa is a Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature at the University of Manchester. She also teaches contemporary cinema of the Middle East and North Africa. She has published extensively in both Arabic and English on the contemporary Arabic novel, Arab cinema, and popular culture in Egypt. She is the editor of Women, Culture, and the January 2011 Egyptian Revolution (Routledge, 2016), and the author of The Egyptian Military in Popular Culture: Context and Critique (Palgrave, 2016).








thu 13/07/2017

 19:00 – 20:30

 Friends’ meeting house (Upper Hall)

6 Mount St
M2 5NS
United Kingdom

£5 / £3 / Free for refugees and asylum seekers

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