Basset is the goalkeeper for the Syrian soccer team, an iconic protest leader and singer. Osama is a media activist and pacifist wielding his camera to document the revolution. When Homs becomes a bombed ghost town, these two peaceful protesters take up arms and transform into renegade insurgents.
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SFIFF '14 I really wanted to find out more about the Syrian civil war, but this film shed no light whatsoever. A lot of shooting, killing, bombs, rubble, dead bodies, and chanting about martyrdom. But no insight.
In spite of some serious footage with dead and badly hurt people the film is a disappointment. Watching it is like experiencing a bad home video which is only funny for people who took part in it. The scenes are strung together without any idea of how to give a context or some real insight into the situation. Instead you see a group of young men taking war like an adventure and singing songs about martyrdom.
Every syrian documentary tells a story, from the White Helmets to the Cannes documentary. Forget story, forget normal, just look at the buildings, the architecture, and nature. With an ounce of empathy comes a river of understanding. it is not that you need to see it, it is that you can't accept it, treating the film conventionally misses the entire point, Homs is apparently dead.
I can't think of many films that expose the madness of war better - the pictures of people slaughtering each other, singing about freedom and god with craze in their eyes. I realise this most likely was not intended, it is powerful nonetheless. If you expect insight or context here, you will end up severely disappointed. A raw and true depiction of war that with a touch of religion in the mix makes a true bloodbath.
Basset is truly a treasure to Syria. He has a ton of courage, ambition, and love for its country and home. This documentary is crude we see the reality of what Bashar al-Assad is doing to Syrians: mass murder, brutality. Imagine turning peaceful humans to rebels? Fuck you, Bashar.
Very interesting documentary. I learned a few new things about this war. How and where it started.
A bit too long though. Maybe 30 minutes less and would have been more dramatic. For a laic person, I would have liked to see more political thoughts, not only the Allah/martyr theme all over again. Still interesting enough.
Wonder if Ossama still lives. Would be nice.
We are sometimes too close to really see the war, the people, the blood. But this is an important film about the syrian war we hardly ever see otherwise. The courage and charisma of Basset is one only great leaders show. The songs like prayers. The dead friends. The ruins. You can watch it of course but it is truely so hard to apprehend. Thanks Mubi list.