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Of Fathers and Sons


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 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 and his brother Ayman (12) are in the center of the story. The film captures the moment when the children have to let go of their youth and are finally turned into Jihadi fighters.


  • IndieWire
    “unlike anything we’ve ever seen”
    Anne Thompson
  • Variety
    ”a clear, vivid and unshakeable view”
    Guy Logde
  • The Filmstage
    “a potent reminder of the potential for evil we all carry”
    Daniel Shindel

Festival Participation

  • Sundance - 2018
    Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary Competition
  • Krakow FF - 2018
    FIPRESCI award
  • ZagrebDox - 2018
    Movies That Matter Award
  • Filmfest München - 2018
    Fritz Gerlich Award
  • Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival - 2018
    AJB Main Award
  • BIAFF - 2018
    The Best Doc
  • El Gouna FF - 2018
    Best Arab Documentary
  • WATCH DOCS Human Rights in Film Festiva - 2018
    WATCH DOCS Award for best feature-length documentary
  • Dublin International Film Festival - 2018
    Best Documentary Film
  • CPH:DOX - 2018
  • IDFA - 2017

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