Exiled Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki returns to his homeland where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. With rare access inside their home, he shines a spotlight on the family’s two adolescent sons as they face assimilation into the ranks of armed combat. While Osama (13) seems content to follow his father’s path to Jihad, Ayman (12) would prefer to go back to school—but the road to radicalization is inevitable. A haunting family portrait of generational warfare, this Sundance-prized documentary is a work of unparallel intimacy that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born.
In Arabic with English subtitles.