Return to Homs

Filmed over three years in Homs, Syria, the film accompanies two outstanding young men from the time they are dreaming of freedom and defending peaceful protests, to the time when they are forced to make different choices. The first is Abdil-Baset al-Sarout, the 19-year-old national football team’s goalkeeper who turned into an iconic leader and singer of the demonstrations in Homs, then became a fighter. The second is Ossama, a 24-year-old renowned citizen-cameraman a critic, satirist and pacifist until his views change when he is detained by the regime’s security forces.

It is the story of a city, which the world heard a lot about, but never really came close to.

Return to Homs is a modern-time epic of the youth during the war, forced to make choices.

  • Talal Derki

    Born in Damascus in 1977, lives in Berlin.

    Talal Derki is a director, producer and screenwriter. He graduated in 2003 in film directing from the Stavrako High Institute of Cinematographic Art and Television in Athens. He worked as an assistant director for feature film productions, was a director for different Arab TV programmes and TV films, and worked as a freelance cameraman for CNN and Reuters.

    Talal Derki’s short films and documentaries have received awards at various film festivals. His feature documentary Return to Homs won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.