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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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Talal Derki

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Talal Derki
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Abdul Basset Saroot ... Himself
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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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Syria | Germany

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

13 February 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Return To Homs See more »

Filming Locations:

Homs, Syria

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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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A gripping documentary with incredible footage and insight into the Syrian civil war.
24 November 2015 | by ladogaSee all my reviews

It's one of those rare moments in history, when someone began filming a budding conflict just at the right moment. We follow a young man named Basset from the time of secular protests against Bashar al-Assad's regime into the rebellion and the following Syrian civil war. Gradually the rebellion turns into a fight for mere survival. Bassat sees his friends fall one by one. Their hopes slowly erode away and there is no help from the outside other than maybe from Islamist groups.

This is not underlined in the film, but there's a certain feeling of secular rebellion slowly being hijacked. Not because anyone wanted it, but because that was the only option, only straw they could grab onto while drowning.

I hope that Basset is still alive and well. He remains an inspiring person amidst all this tragedy.

Everyone should see this.


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