DIRECTOR: Talal Derki
LEBANON/NETHERLANDS/QATAR / 2017
SATURDAY 11 MAY 12:3OPM CINEMA 2
FRIDAY 17 MAY 1O:OOAM CINEMA 3
RUNNING TIME: 99 MINS
The film offers a glimpse into the gradual radicalization of young males and the deep community ties which underpin the process.
-The Hollywood Reporter
Winner of the special Documentary prize at the Munich Film Festival, as well as the Jury Award at Sundance, this amazing, immersive film, provides us with an insight into an issue that is so resonant world-wide today. Filmed over two years, the filmmaker returns to his homeland of Syria, and gains the trust of this radical Islamist family. This provides the audience with a rare opportunity to understand what it means to grow up in an Islamic Caliphate. How does one become radicalized, echoing the number of instances we have seen in the news where men are even happy to sacrifice their lives for their religion and deeply held cultural values, inculcated from birth? Indeed, these actions are seen as the only path to freedom and happiness. A remarkable film.