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Filmed over three years in Homs, Syria, the film accompanies two outstanding young men from the time they are dreaming of freedom and defending pacifism, to the time when choices are forced to be different. Basset, a 19-year-old national football team goalkeeper, turning into an iconic demonstration leader and singer, then, becoming a fighter and Ossama, a 24-year-old renowned citizen-cameraman who is critical, pacifist, and ironic, as his views change till he is detained by the regime's security forces. It is the story of a city, which the world heard of a lot, but never really got close to. Return to Homs is a modern times epic of youth in war, and of forced choices.
Talal Derki was born in Damascus and is based in Berlin since 2014. He studied film directing in Athens and worked as an assistant director for many feature lm productions. His feature documentary Return To Homs (2013, screened at 2014 ZagrebDox) has won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in 2014. That same year, he was also a member of the international Jury at IDFA. This year he again takes top doc prize at Sundance with his lm Of Fathers and Sons (2017) that will be screened at this year’s ZagrebDox International Competition.
Return to Homs
Germany, Syrian Arab Republic
2013, 87', DCP
Kahtan Hassoun, Ossama al Homsi, Talal Derki
Orwa Nyrabia, Hans Robert Eisenhauer
Proaction Film, Ventana-Film
Festivals & Awards:
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – IDFA 2013; Sundance Film Festival 2014 –World Cinema Grand Jury Prize
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