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The Return to Homs (2013)

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A look behind the barricades of the besieged city of Homs, where for nineteen-year-old Basset and his ragtag group of comrades, the audacious hope of revolution is crumbling like the buildings around them.

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Filmed over 3 years in Homs,accompanying 2 outstanding young men from the time they were only dreaming of freedom to the time when they are forced to change course. Basset, the 19yo national football team goalkeeper, who became an outspoken demonstration leader in the city, then an icon revolution singer, till he becomes a fighter... a militia leader. Ossama, his 24yo friend, renowned citizen journalist, cynical pacifist... as his views are forced to change, until he is detained by army secret service. It is the story of a city, of which the world have heard a lot, but never really got closer than news, never really had the chance to experience how a war erupted. a modern times epic of youth in war time. Written by Anonymous

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is a murderer who called many times to the massacre of the alawite habitants of Homs. See more »

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Real Freedom Fighters
8 September 2015 | by (us/uk) – See all my reviews

At heart, this is a biography of a single man who is suddenly called to give everything he has to protect his neighborhood from the advancing Syrian Army. We watch 19-year old Basset--previously named the 2nd best goalkeeper in all of Asia--transform from a popular community leader singing songs of peaceful, pious resistance into an impressively fearless leader of a small but spirited militia group.

Though this film does not, and likely is not intended to, shed light on the entire Syrian conflict, it surely demonstrates to human toll of a war otherwise abstracted in headlines. Though these images did not shock the world out of complacency as Basset and his friends expect, they do shed light on exactly what the Syrian people have been facing for more than four years. Regardless of politics, the scale of human suffering is immense and either we have poorly understand that so far, or we are willfully callous.

The narrative of Homs is told through the eyes of a man who passionately loves his community, yet is made to watch its brutal destruction, including the death or displacement of everyone he loves and trusts. We seem him in moments of victory as well as utter torment and depression. Incredibly, through it all he continues to rally and fight in the face of total oblivion. By the final credits, every square inch of Homs and Basset himself is changed forever.

I found this film to be the singular most moving and realistic account of war I have ever witnessed. It is not easy to watch, but then, how could it be?


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