Of Fathers and Sons



St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Fri, Apr 20, 2018 2:00 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Mon, Apr 23, 2018 4:45 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 11:10 AM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Spotlight: Chasms and Bridges
Documentary Award
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2017
Runtime:99 min
Festivals & Awards:Grand Jury Prize Documentary - Sundance Film Festival
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Autlook Filmsales GmbH
Director:Talal Derki
Producer:Ansgar Frerich
Eva Kemme
Tobias N. Siebert
Hans Robert Eisenhauer
Cinematographer:Kahtan Hasson
Screenwriter:Talal Derki
Editor:Anne Fabini
Composer:K.S. Elias
Filmography:The Return to Homs ('13)


The influence of the father is at the heart of Talal Derki’s latest film. Returning to his homeland of Syria, documentary filmmaker Derki encounters Abu Osama and his family. Masquerading as a jihadist sympathizer, Derki integrates himself into the household of Osama, an Al-Nusra Front member. Adored by his sons, Osama resides in a sphere of his own influence, with Derki acting as the unbiased watcher as Osama indoctrinates his young brood into the Al-Nusra mindset.

Osama and his sons’ lives are documented with an uncensored eye, making for an unprecedented journey behind the conflict and a glaring meditation on the familial bonds within a jihadist military household. At its core, Of Fathers and Sons is fearless, unflinching and unnerving. It provides an intimate look inside a family whose routine includes not only violence, bullying, and radicalization, but also love, loyalty and affection.  

Director Biography

Talal Derki Talal Derki was born in Damascus, Syria in 1977 and now resides in Berlin, Germany. He has produced both short fiction and documentary film, his first-feature being Return to Homs, which premiered in 2013 to universal acclaim.



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