Of Fathers and Sons
- Jacob Burns Film Center 364 Manville Road Pleasantville, NY, 10570 United States (map)
Syrian-born filmmaker Talal Derki (Return to Homs) travels to his homeland where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily 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. The two boys Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) love, admire, and obey their father, but while Osama seems content to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. Of Fathers and Sons is a work of unparalleled access that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
Director: Talal Derki
Jacob Burns Film Center Screening: Sunday, September 22 - 5:00PM
BAM Screening: Tuesday, October 1 - 7PM
RT: 99 mins