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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub
original title: lasah em tusajil
country: Syria, France, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany
year: 2018
running time: 128 min.

synopsis

A unique documentary study takes us into Syria where, for a period of over four years, we observe the lasting friendship of art students Saeed and Milada. They moved to the rebel town of Douma and record everything they see around them. We experience not only their struggle with hunger, but also the desire for art and so much wanted freedom.

biography

Ghiath Ayoub (1989) studied fine arts at the University of Damascus and worked on a joint project with Saeed Al Batal (1988), who was originally a journalist, photographer, and radio announcer.

more about film

director: Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub
producer: Mohammad Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csinidis, Meike Martens
photography: Abed Al Rahman Al Najar , Rafat Bearam , Ghith Beram, Milad Amin, Tim Sioufi, Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub
editing: Raya Yamisha , Qutaiba Barhamji
sound: Pierre Armand

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