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RETURN TO HOMS

by Talal Derki

synopsis

From 2011 to 2013, filmmaker Talal Derki followed the journey of two close friends whose lives had been upended by the battle raging in Syria. Nineteen-year-old Basset is a local soccer star—the goalkeeper for the Syrian national team. He has also become an iconic singer in the revolution. His songs reflect his dreams of a peaceful liberation from Assad’s brutal regime. Ossama is a 24-year-old media activist and pacifist who wields his camera to capture the revolution. When the army cracks down and their beloved city of Homs becomes a bombed-out ghost town, these two peaceful protesters finally take up arms and transform into rebel insurgents.

international title: Return to Homs
original title: Return to Homs
country: Syria, Germany
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Talal Derki
film run: 90'
screenplay: Talal Derki
cinematography by: Kahtan Hassoun, Ossama Al Homsi, Talal Derki, Orwa Nyrabia
film editing: Anne Fabini
producer: Orwa Nyrabia, Hans Robert Eisenhauer
production: Ventana-Film GmbH, Proaction Film/Syria

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main awards/selection

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2013 
Sundance Film Festival 2014
Fribourg International Film Festival 2015 
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