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An admirably audacious feat of documentarian access, Of Fathers and Sons is of obvious topical and anthropological interest as a glimpse into the gradual radicalization of young males and the deep community ties which underpin the process.
An intrepid, cold sweat-inducing study of Jihadi radicalization in the home from celebrated Syrian docmaker Talal Derki.
An audacious writer-director risks his life in Syria to put a face on a jihadist, a man who can elicit some sympathy even from Americans.
The film's verité approach risks humanizing Abu Osama, but we eventually gain a complex understanding of the banality of his evil.
Merely being present to bear witness to this side of the Syrian border would make "Of Fathers and Sons" well worth watching, but Derki is so scrupulous in what he reveals about how ingrained the beliefs of the Islamic jihadis are.
Of Fathers and Sons is a vital addition to the cultural picture of the Syrian conflict.
What makes the film all the more poignant is the fact that the children are, of course, despite all this, like kids anywhere else.
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