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Of Fathers and Sons

2017, Talal Derki, Germany/USA/Syria, 99 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 18th 4:15pm
  • Fri, Jan 18th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Jan 19th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 20th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 21st 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 22nd 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 23rd 8:15pm
  • Thu, Jan 24th 8:30pm
Chicago premiere!

“Compelling viewing in its unprecedented access…THE HURT LOCKER-meets-Huckleberry Finn.”--Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

“A vital addition to the cultural picture of the Syrian conflict.”--Dan Schindel, The Film Stage

Award-winning filmmaker Derki (THE RETURN TO HOMS) risked his life over two
years to make this starkly eye-opening look at the radicalization of a Syrian father’s
young sons, who are trained from the earliest age to think of themselves not only as
freedom fighters, but as killers and suicide bombers. Under the perilous guise of a
Berlin-based war photographer sympathetic to Al-Qaeda, Derki embeds himself with the
family of Abu Osama, dedicated jihadist and proud dad of many sons, including
rambunctious 13-year-Osama and 12-year-old Ayman. The boys play soccer and invent
their own roughhouse fun, including creating homemade landmines. “For every child
killed, a thousand will be born,” comments their father, who prepares them for the
training camp where the kids don black ski masks while doing pushups amid volleys of
live ammunition. Derki’s camera seeks out dichotomies where they are to be found,
observing hardened young Osama crossing the line into manhood while bookish Ayman
flunks out of the camp. In Arabic with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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