category The Slippery Slope




Romanian, English

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Of Fathers and Sons

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24 March, 12:00, Cinemateca Eforie

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: editoarei Annei Fabini

25 March, 21:00, CinemaPRO

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: editoarei Annei Fabini


Director Talal Derki returns to Siria, but not to spend time with his family. Instead, he spends two years following a Jihadi family from the North. In a small village among barren hills and wartime debris, Abu Osama educates his crew of boys, most of whom are named after various terrorists. If there are any girls or women in this family, they seem invisible to the camera. But the access to the boys’ trajectory is terrifyingly direct, from religious indoctrination to physical training to join Al-Nusra fighters, and down to intimate family moments that look, if you squint, almost like any other childhood memory. Like The Last Men in Aleppo (directed by Feras Fayyad), this is a film about masculinity and the horrors of war—though the camera is trained on the opposing side, so rarely accessed. 

awards and festivals

2018: Sundance IFF – Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary

2018: Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

2018: ZagrebDox IFF

2017: IDFA


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