‘Of Fathers and Sons’ Director Talal Derki Denied U.S. Visa, Missing Awards Season Events — Exclusive

Talal Derki had a remarkable 2018 thanks to his documentary “Of Fathers and Sons,” which started the year by winning a Sundance Grand Jury Prize and ended it by securing a spot on the highly-coveted Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary. In between, Derki picked up nominations from the European Film Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards, and he won the German Documentary Award. The new year should be a time of celebration for Derki, and yet he’s been unable to participate in any awards season events because he’s been barred from entering America by the U.S. government.

As “Of Fathers and Sons” executive producer Dan Cogan explains in a statement below exclusive to IndieWire, the U.S. government has denied Derki the visa he needs to come to America and participate in Oscar season events. Derki has already missed the Independent Spirit Awards luncheon, and he will be unable
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