International Competition

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Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub
Screening time  
27.02. / Wednesday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 3  
01.03. / Friday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 1  
02.03. / Saturday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 5  
03.03. / Sunday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 3  
03.03. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
03.03. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
03.03. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2  
Saeed is a young cinema lover trying to teach other young people in Eastern Ghouta, Syria the rules of fi­lmmaking, but the reality they face is too harsh to follow rules.

His friend Milad is in nearby Damascus, but it seems like a world away, under regime control and studying Fine Arts at University. At one point, Milad decides to leave the capital and join Saeed living under siege in Douma, where they set up a local radio station and a recording studio. They pick up the camera to fi­lm everything they can, until one day the camera ­films them.


Saeed Al Batal

Saeed Al Batal was born in 1988 in Tartous, Syria. He is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker. He is a founder of Humans of Syria, the online gallery Sam Lenses, and many other projects. He has worked as a reporter for several radio stations, including NPR and Denmark Radio.


Ghiath Ayoub

Ghiath Ayoub was born in 1989 in Syria and graduated from the faculty of Fine Art at the University of Damascus in 2013. A videographer and sound recordist with directing and producing experience in Syria and Lebanon, Ayoub has worked with local and international NGOs, teaching visual communication and art therapy to refugee children in Lebanon.

General sponsor

Lissa ammetsajjel

France, Germany, Lebanon, Qatar, Syrian Arab Republic
2018, 123'

Directed by:
Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub

Screenplay by:
Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub

Abed Al Rahman, Saeed Al Batal, Rafat Bearam, Ghith Beram, Milad Amin, Ghiath Ayoub, Tim Siofi

Edited by:
Raya Yamisha, Qutaiba Barhamji

Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csinidis, Meike Martens

Produced by:
Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Films de Force Majeure, Blinker FilmProduktion

Festivals & Awards:

Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2018 – Special Mention; Valdivia International Film Festival 2018 – Best Film Award; Venice International Film Critics’ Week 2018 – Audience Award, FIPRESCI Award, Best Technical Achievement Award, Edipo Re Award