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.
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.