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.


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


Written and directed by 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

Format 16/9
Sound 5.1, stéréo
Length 128 minutes
Languages Arab with French or English subtitles



Rencontres du film documentaire de Mellionnec – France
The Olhar de Cinema – Prêmio de Contribuição Artística, Curitiba, 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
Festival international du film de Jeonju – South Korea
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 – Oregon, 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

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