Syrian documentary "Return to Homs" gets film critics buzzing after Sundance win
Syrian documentary Return to Homs was among the top award winners at the Sundance Film Festival held between 16 and 26 January 2014 in Utah, USA.
The film won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary against a large number of American and international films in the category.
Return to Homs, by Syrian director Talal Derki, was filmed over two years, between August 2011 and August 2013. The film follows the lives of two young men: Basset, national football team goalkeeper, and his friend Osama, citizen journalist and activist. While the two friends pursue their revolutionary dreams the viewer is presented with shocking images and the realities of Syria's revolution and the deplorable state of Homs as it awaits help from a stagnant international arena.
"This is Homs, but I don't know where I am," says Basset in the film.
Other awards given at the festival included: Dramatic Movie US Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Whiplash; US Grand Jury Prize for Documentary for Rich Hill; Audience Award: US Documentary for Alive Inside; Audience Award: Best of NEXT for Imperial Dreams; World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Drama for To Kill a Man.
Launched in 1978, the Sundance Film Festival is one of the most important independent film festivals.