Still Recording

directors: Saaed Al Batal & Ghiath Ayoub
128 min I LebaNon, France, germany, QATAR

In 2011, Saeed and Milad decide to leave Damascus to go to Douma (Eastern Ghouta) and take part in the Syrian revolution. Events move fast: Douma is set free by the rebels, the revolutionary enthusiasm spreads among the youth, then it is war, the siege, famine… They filmed life in Douma for more than 4 years, from the initial euphoria up to the distress and disenchantment which have settled over the years.


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Production: Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Rousl Group, Films de Force Majeure, Blinker Filmproduktion

France Distribution: Arizona Distribution

International sales: Bidayyat for Audiovisual Art

Release: March 27, 2019




World Cinema Support – CNC – French Institute, World Cinema Fund, Berlinale, Doha Film Institute, Cinefeel Dotation, Federal Foreign Office, Goethe Institut, German Cooperation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

With the help of Studio Lemon

Project selected at
Visions du Réel 2017, Eurodoc 2017, Qumra 2017


Writer and director Saeed Al Batal & Ghiath Ayoub
Camera Abel Al Rahman Al Najar, Saeed Al Batal, Rafat Beram, Ghith Beram, Milad Amin, Ghiath Ayoub, Tim Siofi, Soleiman Al Naaeb
Editors Raya Yamisha & Qutaiba Barhamji
Sound editor and sound mixing Pierre Armand & Nans Mengeard
Artistic Advisor Rania Stefan
Postproduction Coordinator Nora Bertone
Producers Mohammad Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csinidis, Meike Martens

Technical sheet

Sound 5.1, stéréo
Length 128 minutes
Languages Arab with French or English subtitles
Visa number



Rencontres du film documentaire de Mellionnec (France)
The Olhar de Cinema – Prêmio de Contribuição Artística (Brazil)
Jeonju International Film Festival (South Korea)
Transatlantyk Festival – Young Film Critics Award (Poland)
Documenta Madrid (Spain)
Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival (Serbia)
Arab Film Festival (Netherlands)
BAFICI – Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film (Argentina)
Docudays Ua – RIGHTS NOW Price (Ukraine)
Vilnius International Film Festival (Lithuania)
Festival 7ème Lune – Gold Moon Price (France)
Arab Film Days Festival (Norway)
Hong Kong International Film Festival (China)
PUCP – Festival de Cine de Lima (Peru)
Cinéma du réel – Popular Front(s) (France)
One World Romania Film Festival (Romania)
FIFDH – Youth Jury Prize & special mention (Switzerland)
Portland International Film Festival (United States)
Marrakech International Film Festival (Morocco)
Luxembourg City Film Festival (Luxembourg)
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic)
FICCI (Colombia)
FICUNAM (Mexico)
Zagreb Dox (Croatia)
DocPoint (Finland)
Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden)

Ontario Syria Film Festival (Canada)
Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Hungary)
Palestine Cinema Days (Palestine)
CineMigrante (Brazil)
Copenhagen Syrian Doc Days (Denmark)
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival – Special Mention (Czech Republic)
Zagreb Do – Best director under 35 (Croatia)
Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia – Special Mention (Chili)
Venice International Critics’ week, Best Film Award , Audience award, FIPRESCI Award, Best Technical Achievement Award, Edipo Re Award (Italie)