Talal Derki
Of fathers and sons
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Of fathers and sons

Talal Derki

Of fathers and sons

A story that helps understand the complexity and tragedy of the current conflict in Syria through the day-to-day life of both children.

2017
98 min.
Germany, Lebanon, Qatar and Syria
Arabic
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

Projeccions

Talal Derki
Of fathers and sons
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Show
Direction
Talal Derki
Executive Production
Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous
Distribution
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Production
Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias Siebert, Hans Robert Eisenhauer
Co-production
Talal Derki
Producción
BASIS BERLIN Filmproduktion
Co-producción
Ventana Film, Cinema Group Production
Colaboración
Impact Partners
Synopsis

The director of Return to Homs goes back to his homeland to live for two years with the family of Abu Osama, a member of Al-Qaeda in Syria. There he witnesses how his children are trained from a very young age to become Jihad soldiers. We discover from within what it means to grow up with a jihadist father.

His two children, Osama and Ayman, worship, admire and obey their father, but while Osama seems to follow the Jihad path, Ayman wants to go back to school. After winning the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Talal Derki seduces us with a story that helps understand the complexity and tragedy of the current conflict in Syria through the day-to-day life of both children.

About the direction
Talal Derki

Talal Derki

Director

Talal Derki was born in Damascus and has been based in Berlin since 2014. He studied film directing...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

2018
DocsBarcelona Festival · Panorama
Edició 2018
2018
Docs del Mes · November
Edició 2018

Awards and festivals

IDFA
Netherlands, 2017
Jury Award · Sundance
EUA, 2018
Best Documentary · DocumentaMadrid
Spain, 2018
Best Film · SWR Doku Festival
Germany, 2018
Sheffield Documentary Fest
United Kingdom, 2018
CPH:DOX
Denmark, 2018
Visions du Réel
Swiss, 2018
Thessaloniki
Greek, 2018
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Reviews

Terki avoids too much moralizing or even authoring, allowing his camera and presence to fade into the background of most scenes.

— Brian Tallerico · RogerEbert.com

[Derki's poetic narration] serve to frame "Of Fathers and Sons" with the feeling that you're seeing a warped dream of family survival, one in which still-noticeable human bonds can't help but be corroded by isolating hatred and extremist ideology.

— Robert Abele · Los Angeles Times

An intrepid, cold sweat-inducing study of Jihadi radicalization in the home from celebrated Syrian docmaker Talal Derki.

— Guy Lodge · Variety
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