Directed by Talal Derki
90 min | 2013 | Syria/Germany | Not Rated (Graphic Violence)
Presented in Arabic with English Subtitles.
From 2011-2013, filmmaker Talal Derki followed the journey of two close friends whose lives had been upended by the battle raging in Syria. Nineteen-year-old Basset is a local soccer star and singer whose songs reflect dreams of a peaceful liberation from Assad’s brutal regime. Ossama is a 24-year-old activist and pacifist uses his camera to capture the revolution. When the army cracks down and their city of Homs becomes a bombed-out ghost town, the once peaceful protesters transform into rebel insurgents.
Winner: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Documentary—2014 Sundance Film Festival, Emerging Talent Award—2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Opening Night Selection—2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; Official Selection: 2014 Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival, 2014 New Directors/New Films, 10 other international film festivals