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by Talal Derki


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, Proaction Film/Syria
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