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.