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Return to Homs shows a goalkeeper try to save the Syrian revolution

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Issue 2412


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.


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