Films 2018

Lissa ammetsajjel

by Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub / Syria, Libanon, Qatar, France, Germany 2018 / 116' / In competition

Cast and Credits

Original Title / Lissa ammetsajjel

English Title / Still Recording

Directors / Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub

Cinematography / Saeed Al Batal, Milad Amin, Raafat Bayram, Ghiath Beram, Abdel Rahman Najjar

Editing / Qutaiba Barhamji, Raya Yamisha

Artistic Advisor / Rania Stephan

Production / Mohammad Ali Atassi – Bidayyat for Audiovisual Art

Co-Production / Jean-Laurent Csinidis – Films de Force Majeure, Meike Martens – Blinker Filmproduktion Gmbh

Press Attaché /

Format / Color

Runtime / 116 min.


Saeed is a young cinephile trying to teach film rules to other young people in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, but the reality they face is too harsh to respect any rules. Saeed’s friend, Milad, is on the other side of the fence; in Damascus, a city under the control of the Assad regime, finishing his studies in Fine Arts. At one point, Milad decides to leave the capital and joins Saeed in a Douma under siege, 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.

Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub

Saaed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub

Ghiath Ayoub (1989) was born in Yabrod, Syria. He is a filmmaker and visual artist with producing and videography experience. He is the co-founder of a number of open spaces across Beirut such as “Riwaq Beirut” and “Workshop51″. Ghiath also participates in various civil society initiatives such as “Humans of Syria”. He has graphic design work and films featured on websites and in exhibition spaces globally.

Born on the 5th of February 1988 in Tartous (Syria), Saeed Al Batal is a citizen journalist, photographer and movie-maker. He gave many trainings on photography and news reporting. He worked as a reporter for many radios. He writes articles on the Syrian current situation to worldwide agencies/institutions. He is one of the founders of an online gallery entitled “Sam Lenses” and “Humans of Syria” project.