Of Fathers and Sons Reviews

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November 23, 2018
Terki avoids too much moralizing or even authoring, allowing his camera and presence to fade into the background of most scenes.
November 21, 2018
[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 15, 2018
"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.
January 5, 2018
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.
November 24, 2017
An intrepid, cold sweat-inducing study of Jihadi radicalization in the home from celebrated Syrian docmaker Talal Derki.
February 17, 2019
At its heart, this film perceptively asks us to hold our vitriol for a short while, and to see what the face of jihadist fundamentalism really looks like.
January 23, 2019
While the ethics of Derki's decision to falsify himself to gain access to family can be debated, it all makes for a stunning work.
December 31, 2018
Watching boys being immersed in violence and trained to become killers as part of their role as Al Qaeda members.
December 18, 2018
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.
December 13, 2018
The reigning champion of documentary access, director Derki shows us a future without a future, war in the Middle East.
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