Lissa ammetsajjel

Still Recording

Saeed is a young cinema passionate trying to teach other young people in Eastern Ghouta, in Syria, the rules of filming, but the reality they face is too harsh to respect any rule. His friend Milad is on the other side of the fence, in Damascus, under the control of the regime, finishing his studies in Fine Arts. At one point, Milad decides to leave the capital and joins Saeed in besieged Douma where they set up a local radio station and a recording studio. They hold the camera to film everything until one day it is the camera that films them … (festivalscope)

Director's Biography
Saeed Al Batal and Ghiath Ayoub
Born in 1988 in Tartus, Syria, Saeed Al Batal is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker. He is one of the founders of an online gallery titled “Sam Lenses” and the Humans of Syria project. Ghiath Ayoub is a filmmaker and visual artist born in Yabrud, Syria, in 1989. In 2013, he graduated from the faculty of Fine Art at the University of Damascus, and now works as a videographer and sound recordist.

Film Selection: Lissa ammetsajjel (Still Recording, 2018, doc)
European Panorama Documentary 2019
Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub
Syria / Lebanon / France / Germany / Qatar 2018
120 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub
Cinematography Abed Al Rahman, Saeed Al Batal, Rafat Bearam, Ghith Beram, Milad Amin, Ghiath Ayoub, Tim Siofi
Editing Qutaiba Barhamji, Raya Yamisha
Sound/Sounddesign Pierre Armand
Producer(s) Mohammed Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csindis, Meike Martens
Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Films de Force Majeure, Blinker Filmproduktion
World Sales
Pascale Ramonda
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Venice Film Festival 2018
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

Trouble Features
Screenings followed by discussion
LISSA AMMETSAJJEL & a counterpart surprise film
Hosts: Diskollektiv