Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki returns to his homeland posing as a pro-jihadist photojournalist making a documentary on the rise of the caliphate. In a remote village, he meets radical Islamist leader and loving father Abu Osama, and the group of young boys—his son included— who idolize him.
With unprecedented access to Syrian adolescents militarized by terrorist training, Talal Derki’s brave, Oscar-nominated documentary is an unnerving family portrait. Examining the roots of violent extremism, the film seizes the harrowing reality of childhood innocence marred by the horrors of war.
Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada
Alain Resnais, 1956, France
Dziga Vertov, 1929, Soviet Union
Chris Marker, 1983, France
Jia Zhangke, 2008, China
Stephen Kijak, 2006, United Kingdom
Steven Sebring, 2008, United States
Stuart Samuels, 2005, Canada
Agnès Varda, 2008, France
Agnès Varda, 2000, France