Feature Documentary Competition | 99 min | 2018

Of Fathers and Sons

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About the Film

Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Talal Derki, gains the trust of a radical Islamist family and films 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.


Film Info

Section Feature Documentary Competition
Year 2018
Length 99 min
Language Arabic
Country Germany, Syria, Lebanon
Premiere MENA Premiere

Film Credits

Director Talal Derki
Screenplay Talal Derki
Cinematography Kahtan Hassoun
Music K.S. Elias
Editing Ana Fabini
Producer Tobias N. SIEBERT, Talal Derki, Hans robert EISENHAUER
Production Company Basis Berlin FilmProduktion ,Ventana Film , Cinema group production
Sound Design
Sound Sebastian Tesch

Film Contacts

Directed by: Talal Derki

Talal Derki was born in Damascus and has lived in Berlin since 2014. He studied film directing in Athens, worked as an assistant director for many feature film productions, and was a director for several Arab TV programs. Talal Derki's short films and feature-length documentaries have received  awards at a variety of festivals. His feature documentary Return to Homs won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary in 2014.