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Still Recording / Lissa Ammetsajjel

Year
2018
Country
Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, France, Germany
Duration
116’
Directors
Ghiath Ayoub, Saeed Al Batal

Still Recording is a documentary that follows art students Saeed and Milad, who decide to leave Damascus and go to Douma, a suburb under rebel control. Over more than four years, the film depicts the two friends and their acquaintances as they go about their daily lives, capturing the transformation of the city of Douma and its people as they go through liberation, war, siege and hunger. More than 500 hours of footage was shot, and the men face grave questions about life and death, revolution and armed struggle, dreams and doubts, fear and love, and the use of art in a world facing destruction. Saeed and Milad try to launch a graffiti art project in Douma, but things in the besieged city take a turn for the worse after a chemical attack on eastern Ghouta. After he loses one of his friends, Milad decides to revive the art project with the help of his friends by painting colourful graffiti on the grey, devastated walls of the city…

 

The film is nominated for 'Rights Now!' Award

CREW
Director: Ghiath Ayoub, Saeed Al Batal
Producer: Mohammed Ali Atassi
Operator: Ghiath Ayoub, Saeed Al Batal, Milad Amin, Raafat Bayram, Abdel Rahman Najjar
Editor: Qutaiba Barhamji, Raya Yamashi
Sound: Pierre Armand
Production
Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, ROUSL Group, Films de Force Majeure, Blinker Filmproduktion
Sales
Films de Force Majeure, contact@films-de-force-majeure.com
Awards
2018 – Venice Film Festival, Audience Award (Critics' Week), Critics' Week Award, Edipo Re Award, FIPRESCI Award, Fair Play Cinema Award; Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Special Mention of the Testimony on Politics Jury
Director
Ghiath Ayoub

Ghiath Ayoub was born in Syria in 1989 and graduated from the faculty of Fine Art at the University of Damascus in 2013. A videographer and sound recordist with directing and producing experience in Syria and Lebanon, Ayoub has worked with local and international NGOs, teaching visual communication and art therapy to refugee children in Lebanon. He has also been involved with numerous non-profit organisations, such as Humans of Syria, with graphic design work and short films.

Filmography

Still Recording (2018)

Director
Saeed Al Batal

Saeed Al Batal was born in Tartous, Syria, in 1988, and is a citizen journalist, photographer and filmmaker. He is a founder of Humans of Syria, the online gallery Sam Lenses, and many other projects. He has worked as a reporter for several radio stations, including NPR and Denmark Radio.

Filmography

Still Recording (2018)

Blue Hall
Kyiv Cinema
vul. Velyka Vasylkivska, 19
Q&A with film editor
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles
By tickets
Sunday
24 March 2019
19:00
Hall «KINOMAN»
Zhovten cinema
Kostiantynivska St, 26
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles
By tickets
Thursday
28 March 2019
21:40
XVII INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
20–29
March 2020
Bridges of Time / Laika tilti
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Bridges of Time / Laika tilti
Year
2018
Country
Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia
Directors
Audrius Stonys, Kristīne Briede
Duration
78
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Home Games
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Home Games
Year
2018
Country
Ukraine, France, Poland
Director
Alisa Kovalenko
Duration
86
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Island of the Hungry Ghosts
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Island of the Hungry Ghosts
Year
2018
Country
Germany, UK, Australia
Director
Gabrielle Brady
Duration
98
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Minding the Gap
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Minding the Gap
Year
2018
Country
USA
Director
Bing Liu
Duration
98
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My Father Is My Mother’s Brother
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My Father Is My Mother’s Brother
Year
2018
Country
Ukraine
Director
Vadym Ilkov
Duration
76
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