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An old man's white hair suddenly changes to red in "Eau Argentee, Syrie autoportrait" (Silvered Water, Syria self-portrait) by exiled Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed, shown at the Cannes film festival Thursday. The amateur video may be shaky, grainy and lacking peripheral view, but the viewer instantly knows the man has just been shot in the head, another victim of the civil war in Syria that has already claimed more than 150,000 victims. This and countless other images of the conflict are woven together in the documentary by Mohammed, who left his country in May 2011 for Paris over fears for his safety. "Since I left Syria," Mohammed says in a voiceover, "I've become a coward". His film, however, is a courageous and must-be-seen living document about the destruction of a country, a people under siege and the power of reportage. The film shows the destruction of Syria's once-busy, third-largest industrial city, along with images of killings, guerrilla warfare and torture.
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