Talal Derki, born in Damascus 1977, is a Syrian filmmaker who studied film directing in Athens, graduated in 2003. He made two short fiction films, and five documentaries. His films were previously screened in various festivals (Thessaloniki, Rotterdam Arab Film Festival...), awards included the Silver Hawk at the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival 2011 for Azadi, and a jury special mention from Arab Camera Film Festival 2012, for “Lajat”, both films made during the Syrian revolution and screened with alias names, before Talal decided to leave Syria with his family.
IDFA 2013. Hot Docs 2014. Grand Jury Award World Cinema – Sundance 2014. Full Frame 2014. Krakow FF 2014. Gӧteborg FF 2014. Best Documentary - DocsBarcelona 2014. Two Special Mentions – ZagrebDox 2014. It’s All True FF, Brazil 2014.
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