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'Return to Homs' Puts Human Face on Syria Conflict

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Julie Taboh
May 02, 2014 2:35 PM
As the Syrian civil war enters its fourth year, a new film focuses on one of the opposition fighters who leads a group of rebels against his government. The documentary, part of this year's Washington, DC International Film Festival, puts a human face on the ongoing violence in Syria. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.

Documentary Puts Human Face on Syria Violence

As the Syrian civil war enters its fourth year, a new film focuses on one of the opposition fighters who leads a group of rebels against his government.

The documentary, part of this year's Washington, DC International Film Festival, puts a human face on the ongoing violence in Syria.

Four years ago, Abdul Basset Saroot was a talented player on Syria's national youth football team. But when government tanks rolled into his hometown of Homs, the 19-year old became a soldier in the civil war.

His friend Ossama Al Homsi, a video journalist, captured scenes of the fighting in Homs, images that became part of the new documentary, Return to Homs.
A scene from "Return To Homs" (Courtesy Proaction Film-Directed by Talal Derki-Syria and Germany)A scene from "Return To Homs" (Courtesy Proaction Film-Directed by Talal Derki-Syria and Germany)
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A scene from "Return To Homs" (Courtesy Proaction Film-Directed by Talal Derki-Syria and Germany)
A scene from "Return To Homs" (Courtesy Proaction Film-Directed by Talal Derki-Syria and Germany)

The film tells the story of the two men as they rise up against the Syrian Army. They began with non-violent demonstrations, with singing and dancing, but then turned to armed resistance.
 
“Basset saw his own brother being killed next to him," said Orwa Nyrabia, who produced the documentary. "Many were killed in the neighborhood. Ossama’s apartment, or his parents’ apartment, was shelled with a missile.”   

The film shows Basset and his group of fighters repeatedly being driven out of the city by Syrian forces. But despite huge losses, they keep coming back. Today, the rebels are still under siege in Homs.
A scene from "Return To Homs" directed by Talal Derki. (Courtesy Proaction Films)A scene from "Return To Homs" directed by Talal Derki. (Courtesy Proaction Films)
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A scene from "Return To Homs" directed by Talal Derki. (Courtesy Proaction Films)
A scene from "Return To Homs" directed by Talal Derki. (Courtesy Proaction Films)

Ossama Al Homsi was captured by Syrian forces during the filming of the documentary and is still missing. Basset has become the face of the revolution and is on the regime’s most wanted list.

Nyrabia hopes the film will inspire people fighting for their freedom everywhere.

“It’s not only about Syria and it’s not only about our revolution," Nyrabia  said. "We all deserve freedom and we need each other’s solidarity in order to move on to a better future.”

Return to Homs was honored with the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.

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by: Irwin Mainway from: Chicago
May 20, 2014 9:59 PM
Pray for Ossama Al Homsi as Assad's 'Security Centers' are in the business of filling up MASS GRAVES at a brisk pace, with every single victim of theirs carefully documented, photographed, dispensed with and then a form sent to the relatives stamped "Death by Natural Causes".

I remember hearing that the shelling was very bad indeed, and reporters in Homs in February 2012 were taking a huge risk, as the regime committing War Crimes as you would sip coffee, simply targeted tracked satellite phones with artillery shells.

Review of Paul Conroy's book of his and Marie Colvin's time in Homs:
'http://news.streetroots.org/2013/07/02/bearing-witness-war-correspondent-marie-colvin'

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