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Still Recording

Ghiath Ayoub & Saeed Al Batal / Syria - Lebanon / 2018 / 116 ' / Arabic / S.T. English


Raya Yamisha & Outaiba Barhamji
Saeed Al Batal & Ghiath Ayoub
Pierre Armand
Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csinidis & Meike Martens

Awards & Festivals

Special Mention, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festiva
Best Film Award, Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia – Chili
Audience award, FIPRESCI Award, Best Technical Achievement Award, Edipo Re Award & Vivere da sportivo il fair-play al cinema Award, Venice Critics’ Week
Youth Jury Prize & Special Mention, FIFDH – International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights
Official Selection, Curitiba Internacional Film Festival
Official Selection, Jeonju International Film Festival
Official Selection, Transatlantyk Festival
Official Selection, Documenta Madrid
Official Selection, Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection, Arab Film Festival
Official Selection, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film
Official Selection, Docudays Ua International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection, Vilnius International Film Festival
Official Selection, One World Romania Film Festival
Official Selection, Marrakech International Film Festival
Official Selection, One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection, Festival international du film de Carthagène
Official Selection, Festival International de Cinéma UNAM
Official Selection, Zagreb Dox – Festival international du film documentaire
Official Selection, DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection, Göteborg Film Festival

Upcoming Screenings

Stay tuned for upcoming screenings!

In Production

Two young Syrians film their life in Douma for over 4 years, from the initial euphoria of the Syrian revolution to the distress and disenchantment that follow.


STILL RECORDING is a feature 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. Saeed and Milad finally get out of Douma and seek refuge in Beirut, where they face loss, exile and hope.


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