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Khutwa khutwa
Ossama Mohammed
Syria
1978
25 min
n.a.
Focus: 16 Worlds on 16
Synopsis

Ten years before filmmaker Ossama Mohammed received international recognition with Stars in Broad Daylight (1988), he captured the dire state of Syria in this short documentary. The film starts off hopefully enough, with different village children talking about their dream jobs. But it soon becomes clear that such innocent candor will be short-lived. Through the film’s experimental, fragmented style, reminiscent of the French New Wave, harsh reality bubbles ever closer to the surface.

The serene congeniality of the countryside turns out to be strict, choking and violent. The effects of this are clearly demonstrated as a soldier talks about his childhood, in between the impressions of village life. Freedom and innocence have made way for a disturbing, fanatical loyalty to the state.

Is this a reflection of the foundations of Syrian society? If it is, what has happened to the children we saw at the film’s opening? In hindsight, this impression of Syrian society in 1978 seems to be a prescient harbinger of a crisis to come.

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Credits
25 min
black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: Arabic
Director
    Ossama Mohammed
    Ossama Mohammed
Production
    Ossama Mohammed
    Ossama Mohammed
Cinematography
    Hanna Ward
    Hanna Ward
Editing
    Ossama Mohammed
    Ossama Mohammed
Music
    Abdullatif Abdulhamid
    Abdullatif Abdulhamid
World Sales
    No Nation Films GmbH
    No Nation Films GmbH
Screening copy
    No Nation Films GmbH
    No Nation Films GmbH

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