A disturbing portrait of a Syrian father devoted to Taliban ideology and how he inculcates his eight children every day. The filmmaker gains intimate access to their daily life, their activities and to training camps for future jihadists. Emphasis is placed on training the male children and we are shown how a person's upbringing can radically shape them. (GGP)
- Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary Competition (2018)
- Sundance Film Festival - Open Borders Fellowship Award presented by Netflix (2018)
- ZagrebDox - Big Stamp - International Competition (2018)
- CPH:DOX (2018)
- IDFA (2017)
He was born in Damascus and has been based in Berlin since 2014. He studied Film Directing in Athens and worked as an assistant director on many feature film productions and was a director for different Arab TV programs between 2009 and 2011. In addition, he worked as a freelance cameraman for CNN and Thomson & Reuters. Talal Derki's short films and feature length documentaries have earned many awards at a variety of festivals. His feature documentary Return to Homs won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in 2014. The same year, he was a member of the International Jury at IDFA.