Of Fathers and Sons

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Talal Derki returns to his homeland, where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family. Sharing the family's daily life through the lens of his camera provides an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up in an Islamic caliphate.

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Ayman Osama
Himself
Osama Osama
Himself
Eva Kemme
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Dan Cogan
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Geralyn White Dreyfous
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Jenny Raskin
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Kahtan Hassoun
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Anne Fabini
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Critic Reviews for Of Fathers and Sons

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (1)

  • Terki avoids too much moralizing or even authoring, allowing his camera and presence to fade into the background of most scenes.

    November 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Derki's poetic narration] serve to frame "Of Fathers and Sons" with the feeling that you're seeing a warped dream of family survival, one in which still-noticeable human bonds can't help but be corroded by isolating hatred and extremist ideology.

    November 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "Of Fathers and Sons" is ultimately more impressive for its access than it is revealing of drives or beliefs. If Derki's goal was to capture what causes ideology to spread, he and his camera look without seeing.

    November 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An intrepid, cold sweat-inducing study of Jihadi radicalization in the home from celebrated Syrian docmaker Talal Derki.

    November 24, 2017 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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  • While not as frantically dynamic and exciting as Return to Homs, [filmmaker Talal] Derki's new film is no less disturbing, but on a more subtle level.

    September 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Of Fathers and Sons

  • Mar 01, 2019
    Derki makes such an effort to be a fly on the wall that it becomes obvious how overly labored and edited together the result is (just pay attention to where the camera is), but at least he captures a disturbing reality in which childhood innocence dies with fanaticism and hatred.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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