The Return To Homs (2014)
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Nineteen-year-old Basset is the goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team. When revolution breaks out the charismatic young man becomes an iconic protest leader and singer. His songs reflect his dream of peaceful liberation from Assad's brutal regime. Osama is a 24-year-old media activist and pacifist wielding his camera to document the revolution. But when the army cracks down and their beloved Homs becomes a bombed-out ghost town, these two peaceful protesters take up arms and transform into renegade insurgents, with devastating results. (c) Gathr … More
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Critic Reviews for The Return To Homs
The film makes you an eyewitness to the chaos of war. There's not much context here, which can be confusing. But still, it's gripping.
Derki's refusal to feel powerless as his country falls apart proves heartening.
The images have an immediate, visceral impact; at the same time, Derki's plaintive narration is often beautifully elegiac, its perspective philosophical and even cosmic.
Return to Homs is a shocking, visceral documentary made among young Syrian fighters under siege from President Assad's snipers in the devastated city of Homs.
Admittedly, there are a lot of documentaries like this, made by citizen journalists recording uprisings in their homelands, but this is one of the best of the recent crop, and a timely reminder of a conflict that's slipped out of the headlines of late.
Captures with great immediacy the gallows that is war and the humour that is human.
Missionary-position moviemaking, energised into moments of true or seeming passion by the throes of the strife-torn Shakicam.
Provides an unflinching insider's view of the Syrian conflict which has killed thousands and forced millions from their homes since 2011.
A ferocious, devastating doc and a must-see for anyone seeking an insider's view of the Syrian uprising.
Profoundly intimate, a tremendous achievement of nonfiction human narrative
Talal Derki's Return to Homs is a testament to the power of video to document resistance to corrupt and abusive regimes--in this case, that of Syria's Bashar al-Assad. It's also a witness to the limits of that power.
There are shades of Kubrick to the long, uninterrupted shots that take us through bombed out buildings, a labyrinth of ruins that still have poignant ties to our heroes.
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