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Terki avoids too much moralizing or even authoring, allowing his camera and presence to fade into the background of most scenes.
[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.
"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.
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.
Watching boys being immersed in violence and trained to become killers as part of their role as Al Qaeda members.
Even with that distance built between the audience and Derki's subjects, Of Fathers and Sons remains one of the most gut wrenching documentaries of the year.
The reigning champion of documentary access, director Derki shows us a future without a future, war in the Middle East.
By now, multiple movies have examined the military conflict in Syria from ground level, but this documentary offers a fresh perspective.
Every scene in Syrian director Talal Derki's Of Fathers and Sons is carefully placed to make a point.
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.
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