Bell Media Hot Docs Showcase: Of Fathers and Sons

Directed by Talal Derki
2018, Germany/Syria/Lebanon, 99 min
Arabic with English subtitles

Friday, November 2 / 7 pm | Cinematheque

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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.

“Derki’s film is an amazing feat of staying calm in circumstances where I personally would be just praying to survive, let alone having the fortitude to think about framing.” – Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BELL MEDIA HOT DOCS SHOWCASE.