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Haj Saleh is sitting in Douma, in the eastern Ghouta, some 10 kilometers from central Damascus. Several weeks later, he and Syrian filmmaker Ziad Homsi have made the journey from Douma to Raqqa. "Daaesh," Haj Saleh says, three months and several hundred kilometers beyond Raqqa, is " ... the cancerous growth of our revolution". Haj Saleh is a Syrian intellectual and veteran dissident.Some 28 years younger than Haj Saleh, the 20-something Homsi has also been involved in the Syrian revolution since it began life as a peaceful protest movement. Douma isn't safe, so he decides to travel north to his home town of Raqqa. By this point Homsi, who's been asked to profile the intellectual on film, decides to tag along. During the 19-day passage to Raqqa, they learn that the town is now under the control of Daaesh, which has kidnapped Haj Saleh's brother Firas and cousin Ahmad. After they arrive in Raqqa, and the house of Haj Saleh's sister, Atassi joins the pair and the film becomes more obviously a study of Homsi and Haj Saleh's relationship.
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