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OF FATHERS AND SONS

OF FATHERS AND SONS
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In OF FATHERS AND SONS director Talal Derki follows the life of an extended family in the Syrian Civil War over a period of two years. The head of the family is a high-ranking general of the Islamist Al-Nusra brigades who dreams of a caliphate and wants his sons to follow his footsteps.


Talal Derki was born in Damascus in 1977 and studied Film Directing in Athens. He worked as an assistant director for feature film productions and was a director for different Arab TV programs between 2009 and 2011. Furthermore, he worked as a cameraman for CNN and Thomson & Reuters. His short films and documentaries received awards at a variety of festivals. His feature documentary RETURN TO HOMS won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize. In 2014 he was a member of the international Jury at IDFA. Due to the war in his home country Syria, Talal Derki lives in Berlin with his wife and son.
Genre Human Interest
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2017
Director Talal Derki
Cinematography Kahtan Hasson
Producers Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias N. Siebert, Hans Robert Eisenhauer
Co-Producer Talal Derki
Production Company BASIS BERLIN Filmproduktion
Length 99 min
Original Version
 Arabic
Subtitled Version English
Festivals (among others) IDFA 2017, Sundance 2018, CPH:DOX 2018, ZagrebDox 2018, Helsinki 2018, Krakow 2018, Visions du Reel Nyon 2018, Melbourne 2018, Thessaloniki 2018, Ambulante 2018, Docpoint Tallinn 2018, Cleveland 2018, True/False 2018, DOXA Vancouver 2018, Ljubljana Doc FF 2018, Doc Edge 2018, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018, Hot Docs Toronto 2018, Sydney 2018, Moscow 2018, Sarajevo 2018, Stockholm 2018, Dublin 2019, Hong Kong 2019
Awards (among others) Grand Jury Prize & Open Borders Fellowship Award Sundance 2018, Big Stamp & Movies That Matter Award ZagrebDox 2018, The Peter Wintonick Audience Award Thessaloniki 2018, Amnesty Int. Slovenia Award Ljubljana Doc FF 2018, Best International Feature Doc Edge 2018, Fipresci Award & Golden Horn Krakow 2018, Documentary Award Dublin 2019, German Film Award 2019 (Best Documentary, Best Editing)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Motion Picture Fund

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