Talal Derki • 2017 • Germany-Syria
A father trains his sons to join the global jihad.
Aged twelve and thirteen, Ayman and Osama live in Idlb province, Syria. Their father, an avowed al-Nusra fighter, is training them to join the global jihad. Feigning fundamentalist sympathies, Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki embedded himself for two years inside a radical Islamist family to capture the ideology of extremism.
Derki's second documentary premiered at Berlin, Stockholm, and Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary. Of Fathers and Sons was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.