The streets are mostly deserted; the buildings all in ruins. Bullets fly overhead and the sound of a bombing indicates that it is close by -- then a sudden explosion. People carry their wounded friends on stretchers to the nearest medical attention spot. This is what "Return to Homs," the opening film of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), offers viewers: the reality of war, no matter how brutal it is.
The winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, "Return to Homs" follows two young Syrians who become revolutionaries and join the Free Syrian Army. Nineteen-year-old Basset is a football goal keeper, but we watch him slowly turn into an outspoken protest leader in Homs and then into an iconic revolution singer. His friend, 24-year-old renowned journalist Osama, is a cynical pacifist until he is detained by the army's secret service.
Talal Derki was in Turkey for screenings of the film at the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival. "It was like coming home," Derki said when asked how the screenings and panel discussions went in Turkey. With so many Syrians in attendance, each and every one of the screenings was emotional both for the director and those in the audience. In an interview with Daily Sabah, the director discusses the difficulties of shooting the film and the heartbreaking situation he, like all other Syrians, found himself in when the war broke out.
Talal Derki & Özlem Sakin, Daily Sabah's Arts editor.
And we will keep on trying to be honest to everyone. This is an SOS. This is the last call from Syria. Stop this war before it turns into another war.
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