For 12-year-old Osama and his peers, childhood is about playfighting, mastering times tables and inventing new games. But in a war-torn Syria now taken over by radical jihadist networks, Osama’s playground is an abandoned tank, games are making bombs in water bottles and school graduation is an Al-Nusra training camp.
In this brave, unflinching documentary, director 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 the eldest child Osama and his younger brother Ayman, gaining an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up in an Islamic Caliphate.
The screening on Fri 17th August, presented in partnership with the Frontline Club, will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Tim Eaton (Chatham House & former Projects Manager at BBC Media Action) with panelists Gina Vale (Research Fellow at ICSR and a PhD Candidate in War Studies at King's College London), Salem Rizk (Syrian cameraman and producer currently working for VICE News) and skype participation from the film's director Talal Derki (TBC).
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO ADVERTS PLAYED BEFORE FILMS IN THE BERTHA DOCHOUSE SCREEN. ALL FEATURES WILL START PROMPTLY FOLLOWING A SELECTION OF TRAILERS.
Winner: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize Documentary, Sundance 2018