October 13, 2018 • 5:30 pm, 99 MIN
Naval Heritage Center

Of Fathers and Sons

Talal Derki, 2018 • Germany, Syria, Lebanon

In making OF FATHERS AND SONS, Syrian-born filmmaker Talal Derki travels to his homeland in Syria, where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems content to follow the path of jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, OF FATHERS AND SONS is a work of unparalleled access that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born. Post-screening discussion with Mohammad Al Abdallah, Executive Director of the Syria Justice & Accountability Center and Diana Jean Schemo.