Of Fathers and Sons
Award-winning Syrian documentary maker Talal Derki returns with an immersive look at the perpetuation of religious fundamentalism in his homeland.
Singapore PremiereGermany, Syria, Lebanon / 2017 / 98 MIN / Arabic
The saying that violence begets violence has never rung truer than in Talal Derki’s latest work. As with his earlier film Return To Homs, Derki returns to his homeland to immerse himself at the frontline of the Syrian conflict. This time, he spends two years with the family of Abu Osama, a devout Jihadist and al-Nusra fighter, in a village where children play among the detritus of the war.
Abu’s sons worship their father, and Abu adores them in return, urging them to follow in his footsteps as a soldier of God in a systemic perpetuation of his radical Islamic beliefs. Derki’s remarkable access captures an intimate, disquieting portrait of Abu and his family that contrasts tenderness and childish innocence with extreme militarism, putting a human face to the power of religious zeal and fundamentalist fervour.
Cast & Credits
Talal Derki is a Syrian director, screenwriter and producer. His first feature documentary, Return to Homs, won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in 2014. Of Fathers and Sons won the same Sundance prize in 2018.
Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias N. Siebert, Hans Robert Eisenhauer
*Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema – Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2018
*DocEdge Award, Best International Feautre, Documentary Edge Festival 2018
*Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2018
*Special Jury Mention, Grand Jury Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2018
*Fritz Gerlich Prize, Munich FIlm Festival 2018