Talal Derki

was born in Damascus and is based in Berlin since 2014. He studied film directing in Athens and worked as an assistant director for many feature film productions and was a director for different Arab TV programs between 2009 and 2011. Furthermore, he worked as a freelance cameraman for CNN and Thomson & Reuters. Talal Derkis short films and feature-length documentaries received many awards at a variety of festivals.


Hello Damascus Goodbye Damascus, 2003; A Whole Line of Trees, 2005; Hero of the Sea, 2010; Return to Homs, 2013; Ode to Lesvos, 2016; Of Fathers and Sons, 2017.
Grand Prix for the best film of the festival – “Big Golden Nanook”

Of Fathers And Sons (18+)

Germany, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, 2017, colour, 98 min.
Director: Talal Derki
Talal Derki returns to his homeland where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses on Osama and his younger brother Ayman, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up in an Islamic Caliphate.


Sundance (USA, 2018) – Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary Competition, Open Borders Fellowship Award presented by Netflix; ZagrebDox (Chroatia, 2018) – Big Stamp, Movies That Matter Award; One World Prague (Czech Republic, 2018) – Best Director; Ljubljana Doc Film Festival (Slovenia, 2018) – Main Prize; Best Film Award presented by Amnesty International; Doc Edge Festival (New Zealand, 2018) – Best International Feature; Krakow FF (Poland, 2018) – The Golden Horn, FIPRESCI award; Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival (2018) – Grand Prize; SWR Doku Festival (Germany, 2018) – Deutscher Dokumentarfilmpreis; Filmfest München (Germany, 2018) – Fritz Gerlich Award.

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