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Return to Homs

Wed, Apr 8, 2015
  • 7:30PM
RUN TIME: 90min
LANGUAGE: In Arabic with English subtitles
MEMBERS: $9 (Movie Moguls free)
SENIORS/STUDENTS/VETERANS: $10 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
+  Q&A with Talal Derki
April 2015
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Wednesday April 08, 2015
Performances no longer available.
Co-presented by LIU
Directed by Talal Derki | 2013
“A remarkable achievement in immersive conflict-zone filmmaking, fearlessly taking us to the front lines.”

BAMcinématek and LIU present the winner of the inaugural George Polk Documentary Film Award, an extraordinary, visceral film that dives into the Syrian resistance with a frenzied immediacy, intimately capturing two friend’s haunting battle cry for justice. As a siege takes hold in Homs, friends Basset and Osama gather a circle of brave but inexperienced insurgents, determined to protect the city’s captive civilians and help them get out of the warzone. In a standoff reminiscent of David and Goliath, a handful of stranded amateur fighters hold out against the snipers, tanks, and mortars of the Syrian Army while their city crumbles around them.

The George Polk Awards are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. The awards place a premium on investigative and enterprising reporting that gains attention and achieves results. They were established in 1949 by LIU to commemorate George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.


with Talal Derki

This screening will feature a Q&A with writer-director Talal Derki, moderated by Nancy Buirski. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) will appear in person to present the George Polk Award to Talal Derki.