Directors Wiam Simav Bedirxan (L) and Ossama Mohammed react before the screening of 'Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait', on third day of 67th Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ AMMAR ABD RABBO
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A Syrian woman whose horrifying footage of the siege of Homs was turned into a film by an exiled director was on Friday given a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, a few hours after the pair met for the first time.Over the following months, Simav sent more and more footage over the Internet to Ossama who started to construct the film using the images combined with their email exchanges.Each day she goes out to film protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, shootings, bodies. She also obtains footage from defecting soldiers of torture and killings.Others in the film are anonymous to the viewer, although some are known to Simav.The viewer is not told who Abdo was, whether the child was dead or injured or where the women went.Another scene follows a young boy, aged about five, who takes flowers to his father's grave.Ossama said that as more and more images arrived in his inbox from Simav he found himself gripped with suspense.
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