RETURN TO HOMS + Q&A with Orwa Nyrabia

Dir: Talal Derki
Syria / Germany / 2013 / 87mins


Date: Thu 3 April, 2014
Time: 19:00
Price: £7 (£5 conc)
There are currently no screenings of this film.

In the Syrian city of Homs, a group of young revolutionaries move through a warren of half-standing, bombed out buildings, keeping away from the open air and listening to the shells fallings. Half the walls are missing, but the pictures and possessions of the recent occupants still hang from the crumbling stone. Homs has been under siege by the Syrian Army since May 2011, and this arrestingly intimate portrait of young men in a warzone takes us deep inside the ravaged city.

19 year old football star Basset has become the voice of the movement, leading demonstrations with his a capella protest songs.  He and 24 year old activist and cameraman Ossama dream of finding freedom through peaceful demonstrations, but as their once-beautiful city is overtaken by fighting, we see Basset take up arms against the regime.

Filmed over two years, this searing missive from the front line gives a first-hand view into the besieged city, as the lively rallies that filled the streets are replaced by fleeing civilians and grim battles; as idealistic pacifists are forced to become armed rebel fighters.

The screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with producer Orwa Nyrabia. Born in Syria, Nyrabia is a veteran filmmaker, actor and co-founder of the DOX BOX film festival.

"An essential, ground-level look at the Syrian civil war...a remarkable achievement in immersive conflict-zone filmmaking" - Variety

Winner: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize Documentary, Sundance 2014

Official Selection: IDFA 2013