First to Fall
Tarek and Hamid were students in Canada when the civil war to oust Muammar Gaddafi erupted in 2011. Both men returned to their home country to fight against the repressive dictator, despite neither having any experience of conflict. Once in Libya, their experiences diverge - Hamid is enthused by fighting for his home town, Misrata, quickly fitting in with the more experienced fighters. Tarek is warier and doesn’t adapt to his dangerous new world to the same degree. The film keeps the focus on these two men throughout the conflict, showing us two of the millions of individual stories created by the war.