Of Fathers And Sons (Germany,Syria,Lebanon,Qatar)

Of Fathers And Sons

Of Fathers And Sons

  • Talal Derki


In Return to Homs (2013), Talal Derki followed two young anti-Assad dissidents who joined the armed resistance after the city was bombed. He returns, this time to the north of his country, to the province of Irbid controlled by the Al-Nusra Front, the local branch of Al-Qaeda, with a cover: a “war photographer” displaying, in order to save his skin, warm “sympathy” for the jihadists and their ideology. Once the “soldiers of Allah” have left for the front, he remains, true to his method, to film Abu Osama, and his two eldest sons, pre-teens, Osama and Ayman, as a real inside witness to this “war heritage”. In Of Fathers and Sons, Derki shares the daily life of this Syrian family, accompanies the sons of this loving father—incidentally a specialist in car bombs—to the training camp for young fighters. He endeavours, through the narrowed field of vision of cinéma direct, to understand, without judgment or deference, what drives certain men to want to live under Sharia law and impose it, by force if necessary, on their peers.
Emmanuel Chicon
Section:  Grand Angle
Length: 99'
Country: Germany, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar
Year: 2017
Language(s): Arabic, English
Premiere status at VdR: Swiss Premiere
VdR edition : 2018


Ansgar Frerich  (Basis Berlin)
Eva Kemme  (Basis Berlin)
Tobias N. Siebert  (Basis Berlin)
Hans Robert Eisenhauer  (Basis Berlin)
Talal Derki

Sales Contact

Stephanie Fuchs
Autlook Filmsales
Tel. +43720346934


Language(s):  Arabic, English
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Friday 13 April
  • 19:30
Théâtre de Marens

Complet | Sold out 

CÉRÉMONIE D'OUVERTURE en présence du réalisateur, suivie d'un verre de l'amitié au Village du Réel offert par les Vins de Nyon. | In the presence of the filmmaker, followed by drinks at Village du Réel.

  • Friday 13 April
  • 20:30
Grande Salle (Salle Communale)

Complet | Sold out 

  • Sunday 15 April
  • 13:30