The Return To Homs


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

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Jun 24, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Derki's refusal to feel powerless as his country falls apart proves heartening.

Jun 15, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 5, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

May 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 7, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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