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Return to Homs

Return to Homs
  • 2013
  • Syria/Germany
  • 87 min
  • Directed by: Talal Derki
  • Language: Arabic
  • UK release: 27 June 2014

A portrait of a group of young revolutionaries in the city of Homs in western Syria filmed between August 2011 and August 2013.

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Return to Homs, Talal Derki's award-winning documentary (Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize 2014), follows 19 year old goalkeeper-turned-insurgent, Abdul Basset, as he and a ragtag group of comrades fight to protect the captive inhabitants of the besieged city of Homs.

As one of the unlikely leaders of the Syrian rebellion, Basset has become something of a totemic figure, with Le Monde labelling him an 'icon of the revolution'. His protest songs and dark sense of humour reflect his dream of peaceful liberation from Assad's oppressive regime, but when their hopeful uprising is met with violent resistance by government forces, he and his companions take up arms.

Trailing the fearless crew over a two year period, this remarkable film sees the city Basset once knew and loved, deserted and torn apart beyond recognition. As audacious hope turns to despair, Derki presents the real desperation behind the bloodied faces and waving rifles that have become Syria's refrain.

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