The Return To Homs (2014)
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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.
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