Of Fathers and Sons

A vivid and deeply disquieting tour of a jihadist military household

2017 | Running Time: 99 minutes | Rating: NR

OF FATHERS AND SONS provides rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. The documentary centers on Osama and Ayman, the two sons of Abu Osama. From a young age, the boys are trained to follow in their father’s footsteps and become soldiers of God. The horrors of war and the intimacy of family life are never far from each other. At the nearby battlefront Abu Osama fights the enemy, while at home he cuddles with the boys and dreams of the caliphate. The film captures the moment when the boys have to let go of their youth and are finally turned into Jihadi fighters. OF FATHERS AND SONS premiered at the 2017 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Director/Co-Producer: Talal Derki; Producers: Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias Siebert, Hans Robert Eisenhauer; Executive Producers: Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous

Sundance 2018: Grand Jury Prize – World Cinema – Documentary
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2018: Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, Special Jury Mention – Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award
Film Independent Spirit Awards 2019: Best Documentary (nomination)
International Documentary Association 2018: Creative Recognition Award – Best Writing (nomination), IDA Award – Best Feature Documentary (nomination)
Hamptons International Film Festival 2018: Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of a Conflict and Resolution – Best Film
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2017: VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (nomination)
Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2018: Grand Jury Prize – Best Documentary (nomination)
European Film Awards 2018: European Documentary (nomination)
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2018: Best Documentary Feature Film (nomination)
Documentary Edge Festival 2018: Best International Feature
El Gouna International Film Festival 2018: Silver Star – Feature Documentary Competition
Madrid International Documentary Film Festival 2018: Best Feature Length Documentary – Special Mention
Munich Film Festival 2018: Fritz-Gerlich-Preis
SWR Doku Festival 2018: Main Feature Award – Best Documentary Film
Valletta Film Festival 2018: Special Jury Prize – Best Documentary Feature
ZagrebDox 2018: Movies That Matter Award
Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018: Human Rights Award – Human Rights Dox (nomination)
Luxembourg City Film Festival 2018: Documentary Award (nomination)
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2018: Audience Award – Film Over 45′ – International Selection (nomination)
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2018: Best Documentary (nomination)
Montreal International Documentary Festival 2018: Grand Prize – International Feature Competition(nomination)
Sarasota Film Festival 2018: Jury Prize – Best Documentary Feature (nomination)


“’Of Fathers And Sons’ is a film riven with contrasts and contradictions; you can engage with the family on a human level but fear the single-minded hatred passed like a baton between generations.”

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