Of Fathers and Sons

Best Doc Oscar Nominee!

Director: 
Talal Derki
Year: 
2017
Rating: 
Not Rated
Run Time: 
99 mins
In Arabic with English Subtitles.

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.

"An admirably audacious feat of documentarian access, 'Of Fathers and Sons' is of obvious topical and anthropological interest as a glimpse into the gradual radicalization of young males and the deep community ties which underpin the process." - The Hollywood Reporter

'The result is as despairing as any portrait of close-knit family and dedicated parenthood can be, adeptly blending sensationalism with domestic intimacy, and sincerely eye-opening in its portrayal of inherited Islamist fervor." - Variety