Venice Film Festival award-winner Still Recording shows the reality of the Syrian war in the midst of a siege and rebellion in the town of Duma. ”The image is the last line of defence,” says the director Saeed al-Batal to students attending his media course.
A lot has been said about the civil war in Syria, now going on for its eighth year, but not many comments have been as cinematic and impressive as this documentary by Saeed al-Batal and Ghiath Ayoub, both Syrians. The film was edited from almost 450 hours of footage shot between 2011 and 2015. It tracks the progressing stages of war in Eastern Ghouta and Duma near Damascus.
In the beginning, there is still hope and even defiance, but the siege brings hunger and the bombings an ever-present danger. The faith in humanity begins to fade with each chemical strike. Hope turns into desolation, but the filming continues. The list of people that perished during the making of the film is long.
Still Recording is a film about the importance of art, journalism and documenting. In a country with no free press, it is up to brave civilians to show the world and future generations what really goes on in a war.
Suvi Heino (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)
- Name in Original Language: Lissa Ammetsajjel
- Director: Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub
- Country: France, Germany, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria
- Year: 2018
- Length: 128 min
- Age limit: K16
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Abed AlRahman, Saeed Al-Batal, Rafat Bearam, Ghith Beram, Milad Amin, Ghiath Ayoub, Tim Sio
- Editing: Raya Yamisha, Qutaiba Barhamji
- Music: Pierre Armand
- Production: Ali Atassi, Jean- Laurent Csinidis, Meike Martens / Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts
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