A Private War
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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.
The film has been impressively edited by Anne Fabini, so that despite the inevitable rough and ready nature of some of the footage captured under fire, the end result feels taut and cohesive.
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.
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