Of Fathers and Sons

Directed by Talal Derki

Year: 2018
Running Time: 99
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: Germany, Syria, Lebanon
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
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Of Fathers and Sons

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Directed by Talal Derki


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 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. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) both love and admire their father and obey his words, 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.

Reviews

"Clear, vivid and unshakeable. Sincerely eye-opening in its portrayal of inherited Islamist fervor."

"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."

“As chilling as it is illuminating. Succeeds in transporting us behind ‘enemy’ lines for a rare glimpse of a world that seems exotic and threatening.”

"A chilling look at extremism on its home front. A vital addition to the cultural picture of the Syrian conflict."

“An unflinching look at how hate is passed down in Syria.”

“[Derki and Hassoun] show no fear in the face of the threat to their personal safety — a level of courage which cannot be overstated.”



Awards

  • Academy Award Nominee – Best Documentary Feature

  • Spirit Award Nominee – Best Documentary Feature

  • IDA Documentary Awards Nominee – Best Documentary Feature, Best Director

  • Cinema Eye Honors Nominee – Best Documentary Feature, Best Writing, Best Production

  • Grand Jury Prize, World Documentary – Sundance Film Festival

  • Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award – Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1550811600February 22 - February 28, 2019
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Toronto 1550552400February 19 - February 22, 2019
Roxy Hotel Cinema New York 1550206800February 15 - February 24, 2019
Museum of the Moving Image Astoria 1549688400February 9 - February 10, 2019
Parkway Theatre Baltimore 1548997200February 1 - February 7, 2019
Portland Museum of Art Portland 1548997200February 1 - February 5, 2019
Circle Cinema Tulsa 1548392400January 25 - January 31, 2019
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1547787600January 18 - January 24, 2019
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission San Francisco 1546923600January 8, 2019
Smith Rafael Film Center San Rafael 1546923600January 8, 2019
Santa Barbara International Film Festival / Riviera Theatre Santa Barbara 1546837200January 7 - January 14, 2019
Laemmle Monica Film Center Los Angeles 1546750800January 6, 2019
AMC Sunset 5 Los Angeles 1546750800January 6 - January 9, 2019
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Toronto 1545195600December 19 - December 21, 2018
Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn Brooklyn 1544504400December 11, 2018
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1543294800November 27 - November 30, 2018
Lumiere Cinema Los Angeles 1542949200November 23 - November 29, 2018
Museum of the Moving Image Astoria 1542344400November 16 - November 22, 2018
DOC NYC New York 1542258000November 15, 2018
AFI Fest Los Angeles 1541998800November 12 - November 14, 2018
SFFILM Doc Stories San Francisco 1541217600November 3, 2018


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