The movie tells the story of 19 year old Abdul Basset Al-Sarout who used to play as a goalkeeper in the national football team. It shows how his life and dreams had changed during the uprising and especially during the big siege of Homs. The movie was first screened in 2014 Sundance Film Festival and had very positive reviews it won several awards and was screened in many film festivals afterwards.
Director: Talal Derki
Runtime: 94 minutes
Friday 10/04/2015 4:15 – 6:00 pm in St Andrews
Saturday 11/04/2015 4:15 – 6:00 pm in Edinburgh
“Filmed over 3 years in Homs, accompanying 2 outstanding young men from the time they were only dreaming of freedom to the time when they are forced to change course. Basset, the 19yo national football team goalkeeper, who became an outspoken demonstration leader in the city, then an icon revolution singer, till he becomes a fighter… a militia leader. Ossama, his 24 yo friend, renowned citizen journalist, cynical pacifist… as his views are forced to change, until he is detained by army secret service. It is the story of a city, of which the world have heard a lot, but never really got closer than news, never really had the chance to experience how a war erupted. A modern times epic of youth in war time.”