In the western Syria city of Homs lives Basset, a charismatic, 19-year-old goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team and talented singer/songwriter. His friend Ossama, a 24-year-old media activist and pacifist, works with Basset for peaceful liberation from their country’s brutal regime. For two years starting in 2011, filmmaker Talal Derki followed the two friends as they navigated lively protest parties, panicking citizens on the run, grim battles in a deserted city, and rising numbers of fallen loved ones, while their beloved home city crumbled around them. Meanwhile, they turn from peaceful protest to become rebel insurgents. With no narration or soundtrack other than Basset’s songs, Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner “Return to Homs” is a shockingly visceral look at the excitement of protest, the painful dilemma of duty, and, most of all, the horror of war.