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Art Alert: Syrian film 'Of Fathers and Sons' to screen at Tahrir Cultural Centre

The documentary won the Gouna Silver star when it screened at the Egyptian Gouna Film Festival

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 May 2019
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Of Fathers and Sons (Photo: still from the film)
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Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki's documentary Of Fathers and Sons (2018) will be screened at the Tahrir Cultural Centre on 8 May.

The film follows the descent of the Syrian revolution into a civil war involving various regional and international military powers as well as armed Islamist organisations.

"By pretending to be a Salafi jihadist, as the narration explains, Derki managed to depict the daily life of a family whose head is a leader in the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front. Living with the family for over two years, Derki shows the life of the children – named after Mulla Omar, Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahri – studying and playing, only occasionally alluding to the values being inculcated in them," writes Hani Mustafa for Al-Ahram Weekly.

The film has won El-Gouna Film Festival's Silver Star for best documentary. Derki's 2013 film Return to Homs won the Sundance Festival grand jury prize.

Programme:
Wednesday, May 8, at 9pm
AUC Tahrir Cultural Centre, Ewart Hall, Tahrir Square, Downtown, Cairo

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