Abu Osama lives on the Syrian-Turkish border in Idlib province. He is a pious man. Therefore, he named his eight sons after so-called martyrs. A special gift from God, he sees that his Oldest came on the anniversary of the assassination of 9/11 to the world. Later, the guys are going to be once a fighter for the Caliphate, as he himself is in a long time. Means a field of tension between unconditional obedience to the father, male-religious feeling of Superiority, of latent violence and small moments of tenderness.
In his award-winning documentary "return to Homs" showed the from Syria who have fled, living in Berlin, filmmaker Talal Derki, 2013, the radicalization of young Assad opponents. Now he returned for his Film "Of Fathers and Sons" back to Syria and stole as supposedly with the Islamists war reporter sympathize the confidence of the Salafist rebel leader, Abu Osama. Two dangerous years Derki remained in the house: the time, at the end of the oldest of the brothers (a Boy of particularly delicate beauty) with 13 years of military training begins. Time, in which the father loses his work as a mine defuser a foot, and from the perpetrator to the victim. As friends carry him from the infirmary to the house, you can hear in the Background the noise of the crying and complaining from some women referred to it by the injured man but in the harsh words of the area.
It is one of the few situations in the Film, where the presence of women is even noticeable. And the always gang: by your vote in the space, such as here, in the distance, by the way, the picture of the speech of their brothers and husbands, or as an object. Once a girl (a sister?), the dare to go a few steps out of the house, from the guys for it threatened with death. School girl stones to be thrown. And the conversations in the men's round once again make it clear that wives are only the production of food, and as much as possible of the male offspring.
not to film The women of the family, was a condition of the shoot, as Derki in Interviews reported. It is wise used in the art are not handles, with which this visibility of the Female runs from the outside set by such indirect presence. Nevertheless, the known Central the share of mothers on the extremist education remains a gaping of the content space of the film. The German subtitle, "The children of the Caliphate" is misleading.Video 14.03.2019, 17:02 Uhr01:26 Min.Eight years of war in Syria
Not directly visible in the physical cruelly. If one of the sons says that he has cut off a bird, just the head, as the father had "made the man". If prisoners of the government are to be lined up soldiers by the Islamists, probably to be shot in a yard, and the camera on their terrified faces of strips. What comes after that looks and you can't hear.
in addition to a tight framing of the of Germany, Syria, and Lebanon co-produced Film is entirely observational perspective, committed to and Everyday, when you live under the constant thunder of guns so like to call. Political or social backgrounds, such as the organization of the school system remain unclear. Clearly (and unsurprisingly) the attitude of the men, the dreams from the third world war for Allah. Very significantly, the Film also shows that it is young, it is almost impossible to escape the family gangs. Small escape routes can be implied, such as when one of the brothers wants to go to combat training for the first time to the school.
Talal Derkis father had taught him that his nightmares are only in the handle, if you understand it in the beginning. And it is just as obvious as understandable, that prior to the violence of his home exiled Syrian filmmaker re-addressing this is an existential and, perhaps, even healing experience. To ask, however, is not whether the clandestine twisted journey owes to the Inside of the Salafism of your success with the Western audience, but much a voyeur of horror. "Of Fathers and Sons," has won over twenty awards in the world. In Idlib, the war is coming to a head.More about
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