Director who lived undercover with jihadists calls it 'most dangerous thing I did in my life'

The Current

To make the Oscar-nominated documentary Of Fathers and Sons, filmmaker Talal Derki went undercover in Syria's Idlib province, posing as an extremist sympathizer to gain the trust of a jihadist named Abu Osama. Over two and a half years living with the jihadist and his family, he captures a rare glimpse of how hatred and extremism are passed down from generation to generation. He tells us about how the film was made, and the danger he faced.

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