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Talal Derki, Return to Homs, 2013

Return To Homs

27 Jun 20146 Jul 2014

From 2011 to 2013, filmmaker Talal Derki followed the journey of two close friends whose lives had been upended by the battle raging in Syria.

In the early days of the Syrian Civil War, rebel forces in the industrial heartland of Homs struck a blow at the opposition when they defied an army attempt to crush anti-government protests, thereafter establishing the city as a crucial stronghold. Following a tide of insurgents flooding in to support the besieged resistance, filmmaker Talal Derki arrived in Homs intent on bringing their harrowing story to international attention. There he found a totem for their struggle in Abdul Basset Saroot: once a Syrian football team goalkeeper, now a firebrand revolutionary, full of vitriol for both the Assad regime and the Western powers who refuse to intervene. 

Stealing through the city’s charred, twisted shell with Basset and his co-fighters, Derki renders their precarious existence with heart-stopping, adrenaline-pumping immediacy. But underlying the combat itself is an equally pressing narrative: that of young men radicalised by oppression.

Sundance 2014 - World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

Return to Homs, dir. Talal Derki, Syria/Germany 2013, 87 mins, cert. 15

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