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Saeed Al Batal – Still Recording #Venezia75

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15 min. and 59 sec.

A guerrilla documentary about Syrian war. 450 hours of footage, two years of shooting, and far too many deaths.

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15 min. and 59 sec.

PODCAST| Angelo Acerbi interviews Saeed Al Batal, director of the film Still Recording.

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Saeed Al Batal has a contagious smile and fierce eyes. He has told the world the terrible side of a war that does not seem to find an end. The powerfulness of images shot in real time is overwhelming and the intensity of hope that the film conveys will be in your heart forever.

Still Recording: 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.

  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Saeed Al Batal
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Still Recording
  • Festival section
    International Film Critics' Week
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