'Of Fathers and Sons' From syrian Filmmaker Talal Derki, Wins Documentary Competition at Sundance Film Festival

Published January 29th, 2018 - 04:13 GMT
Celebrated Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki (Source: @talal.derki - Instagram)
Celebrated Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki (Source: @talal.derki - Instagram)

“Of Fathers and Sons,” a study of radicalization in the home, from celebrated Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki, won the world cinema documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival, which wrapped Saturday.

The US documentary directing prize went to Alexandria Bombach for “On Her Shoulders,” — a portrait of a Yazidi girl who survived sexual slavery at the hands of the Daesh group — while the US documentary audience award went to “The Sentence.”

“Butterflies” came away with the grand jury prize for world drama while “Kailash,” about one man’s crusade to end child slavery, won best US documentary. The US dramatic audience award — the second prize to the grand jury award — went to Andrew Heckler’s “Burden.”

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” came away with the top prize at the festival.

The Sundance Film Festival, founded by actor Robert Redford, is considered a showcase for independent and documentary films, and festival winners often go on to receive critical acclaim and Hollywood awards season glory.

Among the titles from the 2017 edition of the festival picking up trophies at Hollywood’s various ceremonies are Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” which played out of competition as a midnight screening.

The dark comedy has four Oscar nominations, including best film, director and screenplay.

“Call Me by Your Name,” which director Luca Guadagnino took to last year’s Sundance, also has four Oscar nominations, including best picture.

Dee Rees’s “Mudbound,” picked up by Netflix for a considerable $12.5 million at last year’s festival, has Academy nods for adapted screenplay, supporting actress, cinematography and original song.

“I love really how the entire community here at the festival is curious, adventurous and so eager to engage with one another in the dialogue,” said Sundance Institute executive Keri Putnam.

“But it all starts with the work. It’s the work we see on the screens coming from such fresh, creative and independent perspectives.”

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