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Ossama Mohammed

Born in Latakia, Syria, in 1954, Ossama Mohammed graduated from the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1979. His first fiction feature, Stars in Broad Daylight (1988), is deemed
by many to be the most scathing critique of contemporary Syrian society trapped in the iron grip of the Baath regime and it has never been allowed a public screening in Syria. The film was selected
 at the Director’s Fortnight and earned the filmmaker great critical praise, including the Golden Palm at the Valencia Festival in the same year. Sacrifices (2002) was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s section Un Certain Regard and Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014) was acclaimed at the last Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened out of competition.

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