Of Fathers and Sons
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Dir. Talal Derki. 2017, 99 mins. Digital projection. In Arabic with English subtitles. After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his Syrian homeland where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily 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. Thirteen-year-old Osama and his younger brother Ayman both love, admire, and obey their father, but while Osama seems content to follow the path of jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, Of Fathers and Sons is a work of unparalleled intimacy that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born. A Kino Lorber release.
“Clear, vivid and unshakeable. Sincerely eye-opening.” —Guy Lodge, Variety
“An admirably audacious feat of documentarian access. A glimpse into the gradual radicalization of young males and the deep community ties which underpin the process.”—Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
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