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