...and the winners are... – Of Fathers and Sons (Kinder des Kalifats)

This event took place on Oct 21, 2019

$10 General Admission
$7 Member

Talal Derki
Germany, Syria & Lebanon
1h 49m
Series - Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist

** Film editor Anne Fabini in attendance! Fabini will also give a lecture-style editing workshop the day before the screening, Oct. 20 at 1pm **


** Co-presented with Goethe Pop Up Seattle & SIFF! **

After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his homeland where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely 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) both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems content to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school.

Nominated for Best Documentary Film at the 2019 Academy Awards and Film Independent Spirit Awards, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, Of Fathers and Sons is a work of unparalleled intimacy that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born.

Clear, vivid, unshakable. The sheer level of personal danger-zone access secured by Derki is something to marvel and puzzle over. Sincerely eye-popping in its portrayal of inherited Islamist fervor.” – Variety

Imagine a westernized Syrian filmmaker who identifies as a liberal Muslim going to Syria and embedding with radical Islamists by pretending to be one of them. That’s what Talal Derki did in order to shoot Of Fathers and Sons. And what he documented is unlike anything we’ve ever seen.” – Indiewire


About "...and the winners are..."

“…and the winners are…” showcases feature films, documentaries, and short films that represent the diversity, history, and progress of German language filmmaking. The Goethe-Institut and the German Film Academy are presenting films selected from the winners and nominees of the prestigious German Film Awards 2019 and the First Steps Awards 2018.

From October 18 to 22, 2019, the film package entitled “… and the winners are …” will screen eight films in Seattle at SIFF Film Center and NWFF.

You can find more information about the program on the Goethe Pop Up Seattle website:

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