After his award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki went back to his homeland, Syria. He gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. He focuses mainly on the children, providing a rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic Caliphate.
Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) are in the centre of the story. Both love, admire and obey their father, but while Osama seems to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. The film captures the moment when the children have to let go of their youth…
No matter how close war comes, they have already learned one thing: they must not cry.
*WINNER: Doc Edge Best International Feature
— Sundance Film Festival, USA, Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary
— International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
— CPH:DOX, Copenhagen