Talal Derki was born in Damascus and has been based in Berlin since 2014.
He studied film directing in Athens and worked as an assistant director for many feature film productions and was a director for different Arab TV programs between 2009 and 2011. He also worked as a freelance cameraman for CNN and Thomson & Reuters. Talal Derki’s short films and feature length documentaries received many awards at a variety of festivals. His feature documentary RETURN TO HOMS won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in 2014.