Step by Step
Shot in 1976- 1977 in a poverty-stricken Syrian village, Step by Step uses its mix of documentary and fiction to portray a daily repetitive routine whose harshness is in sharp contrast with the beauty of the natural surroundings. Youngsters torn between religious and political ideologies and fascinated by authority ultimately turn towards the army. Everyday life makes them slaves of the repression machine. Even though this film was made forty years ago, it retains a great contemporary relevance.
Creations / Parcours
OSSAMA MOHAMMED (Damascus)
«Born in Lattakiya in 1954, Ossama Mohammed graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1979.
His first short documentary Khutwa Khutwa (Step by Step
His first fiction feature Nujum al-Nahar (Stars in Broad Daylight – 1988) was selected at the Cannes Film Festival’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and earned the filmmaker great critical praise, including the Golden palm at the Valencia Festival in the same year. Deemed by many to be the most scathing critique of contemporary Syrian society trapped in the iron grip of the Baath regime, the film has never been allowed a public screening in Syria.
Sunduq al-Dunya (Sacrifices, 2002), his second feature, was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s section Un Certain Regard the same year. Complex and visually stunning, the film has confirmed its maker as one of the Soviet film school’s graduates most individual and masterful filmmakers.
After 2011 in the forced exile in Paris, he began a new cinematic adventure: Silvered Water »