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MEI Film Festival presents 'Return to Homs'

return to homs


Oct 24

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Galvin Fine Arts Center

A story of two young, peace-loving Syrians who ultimately become renegade insurgents when their beloved Homs becomes a bombed-out ghost town. Winner of the 2014 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize. 


Cost: Free and open to the public


Ryan Dye 563-333-6210

More info: Beyond War and Politics and Religion (River Cities' Reader)

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Nineteen-year-old Basset is the goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team. When revolution breaks out the charismatic young man becomes an iconic protest leader and singer. His songs reflect his dream of peaceful liberation from Assad's brutal regime.

Osama is a 24-year-old media activist and pacifist wielding his camera to document the revolution. But when the army cracks down and their beloved Homs becomes a bombed-out ghost town, these two peaceful protesters take up arms and transform into renegade insurgents.

"This is Homs, but I don't know where I am," Basset says with characteristic joviality as he wanders through the destroyed buildings and rubble-filled streets of the city. They are the streets Basset and Osama grew up in, now a barren battlefield. ... As the siege takes hold in Homs, these two friends gather together a circle of brave but ragtag comrades, determined to protect the trapped civilians and help to get them out of the city. Surviving on a diet of just a few olives and a single glass of dirty water a day, this handful of stranded amateur fighters hold out against the snipers, tanks and mortars of the Syrian Army. Primal and visceral, this extraordinary film dives into the reality of the Syrian resistance with a frenzied immediacy. Through a remarkable intimacy it captures the dreaded rite of passage of two friends and a haunting battle cry for justice.

About the Festival
The Middle East Institute Film Festival features the best in contemporary filmmaking from the Middle East, bringing a bit of the region's artistic perspective to the Quad Cities. The six-day festival will take place at the Rozz Tox in Rock Island, the Figge Museum of Art in Davenport, and the St. Ambrose Galvin Fine Arts Center. Events include commentary by film festival curator Ghen Zando-Dennis.

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