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Of Fathers and Sons

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Of Fathers and Sons

Syrian-born filmmaker Talal Derki (Return to Homs) travels to his homeland 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. The two boys, Osama (13) and Ayman (12), love, admire, and obey their father, but while Osama seems content to follow the path of jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. Of Fathers and Sons is a work of unparalleled access that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sam Dagher will sign copies of his book, Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria, after the screening. 

Books will be available at the screening courtesy of Scattered Books.

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)


Q&A journalist Sam Dagher
Q&A journalist Sam Dagher
Sunday, Sep. 22 2019, 7:15
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Sam Dagher has reported in the Middle East for more than fifteen years. He was the only Western reporter based in Damascus from 2012 to 2014, until being detained by Assad’s henchmen in an underground prison and expelled for reporting deemed unfavorable to the regime. He has worked for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Agence France Presse, and has covered the conflict in Iraq, the Arab Spring uprisings, and Libya. The Wall Street Journal nominated Dagher’s work from Syria for the Pulitzer Prize and other journalism awards.


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This film is part of the Contemporary Arab Cinema 2019 series.

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