Of Fathers & Sons (Film)

After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his Syrian homeland to live for two years with a radical Islamist family. His camera focuses mainly on the children, providing rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) love and admire their father, 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 become jihadi fighters, steeled by one thing they’ve already learned: They must not cry.

Speakers: Graeme Wood
Festival: 2018

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