Of Fathers And Sons

Talal Derki - 98'
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SYNOPSIS

After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his homeland where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses mainly on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic Caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) are in the center of the story. They both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. The film captures the moment when the children have to let go of their youth and are finally turned into Jihadi fighters. No matter how close the war comes—one thing they have already learned: they must not cry.

Ambassadors of the film: Máté Szalai (teacher at the Corvinus University of Budapest) and the Association of Diplomacy in Practice

AWARDS

(selection): Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary Competition @ Sundance 2018,
Open Borders Fellowship Award presented by Netflix @ Sundance 2018,
Big Stamp - International Competition @ ZagrebDox 2018,
Movies That Matter Award @ ZagrebDox 2018,
Special Jury Award @ Full Frame Film Festival 2018,
IPRESCI award @ Krakow FF 2018,
Special Mention @ Cinepolitica Film Festival 2018,
Special Jury Mention @ Valletta FF 2018 (...)

CATEGORY

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CAST

DIRECTOR:
Talal Derki
PRODUCER:
Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias N. Siebert, Hans Robert Eisenhauer
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Kahtan Hasson
EDITOR:
Anne Fabini

INFORMATION

Country:
Germany, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar
Original language:
Arabic
Year:
2017

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Duration:
98 min