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Of Fathers And Sons
Djihadistes de père en fils
  • Allemagne, Syrie, Liban, Qatar | 2017 | 99 minutes
  • Un film de Talal Derki

Abu Osama n’est pas seulement un père aimant pour ses huit garçons, mais aussi l’un des fondateurs du groupe Al-Nusra, une branche syrienne d’Al-Qaeda, et un spécialiste des attaques à la bombe et du déminage. Se faisant passer pour un sympathisant de la cause djihadiste, le réalisateur Talal Derki partage l’intimité d’une famille en guerre au moment ou Osama et Ayman, les deux aînés, atteignent l’âge où ils pourront devenir des soldats de Dieu.

If you want to tame your nightmares, you need to capture them first. That’s what Syrian documentary filmmaker Talal Derki learned from his father. As in his previous film Return to Homs, he returns to his homeland and becomes part of life in a war zone. For more than two years he lives with the family of Abu Osama, an Al-Nusra fighter in a small village in northern Syria, focusing his camera mainly on the children. From a young age, the boys are trained to follow in their father’s footsteps and become soldiers of God. The horrors of war and the intimacy of family life are never far from one another. At the nearby battlefront Abu Osama fights against the enemy, while at home he cuddles with the boys and dreams of the caliphate. Talal Derki sets out to capture the moment when the children have to let go of their youth and are finally turned into Jihadi fighters. No matter how close the war comes, there's one thing they've already learned: they must never cry. 

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