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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

An on-the-ground view of one of the great global tragedies of our time, “Still Recording” is two hours of the Syrian civil war distilled from 450 that Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub, and six other videographers shot between 2011 and 2015, 

The raw footage was smuggled out of Syria on hard drives. It’s bleak indeed, but required viewing as a savage critique of man’s inhumanity, a testimony of horror but also an homage to the filmmakers who have chosen to witness it on our behalf.

The film gains in urgency and impact from full-screen viewing, effectively telling the tale of the Syrian conflict through scenes recorded using the videographers’ hand-held cameras before being uploaded to the internet. 

Al Batal, a film teacher at the Douma Media Office, is first seen incongruously showing his students an “Underworld” film, praising its mise en scene, reflecting that its budget would have paid for 15 hospitals and 16 schools in Syria and stating that “the image is the last line of defense against time,” a phrase that could stand as his film’s motto.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter. 

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