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  • Released2014
  • Running time94 minutes
  • DirectorTalal Derki
  • GenreDocumentary
  • LanguageArabic

In the early days of the Syrian Civil War, rebel forces in the industrial heartland of Homs struck a blow for the opposition when they defied an army attempt to crush anti-government protests, thereafter establishing the city as a crucial stronghold.

Following a tide of insurgents flooding in to support the besieged resistance, filmmaker Talal Derki arrived in Homs intent on bringing their harrowing story to international attention. There he found a totem for their struggle in Abdul Basset Saroot: once a Syrian football team goalkeeper, now a firebrand revolutionary, full of vitriol for both the Assad regime and the Western powers who refuse to intervene.

Stealing through the city’s charred, twisted shell with Basset and his co-fighters, Derki renders their precarious existence with heart-stopping, adrenaline-pumping immediacy. But underlying the combat itself is an equally pressing narrative: that of young men radicalised by oppression.

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