Return to Homs
Directed by Talal Derki.
Out on limited release
Talal Derki’s Return to Homs is one of the few films that looks at the Syrian revolution. It is a major achievement in filmmaking.
This intense documentary filmed between 2011 and 2013 focuses on Abdul Basset al-Saroot, the goalkeeper with the Syrian national football team.
As the revolution broke out he rapidly shifted from being a celebrity to a prominent figure in the resistance.
Return to Homs uses his story to present a narrative of the Syrian revolution.
It shows how protests quickly escalated into mass demonstrations and the shift to a bloody war after Bashar al-Assad’s regime violently attacked the protests.
This is then combined with dramatic frontline footage of the siege of Homs, one of the resistance’s strongholds.
Al-Saroot becomes a fighter and a singer, writing revolutionary songs, while his friend Osama films what they experience.