Documentary

JIHAD: THE STORY OF OTHERS

The world has watched aghast as thousands of young men and women abandon comfortable lives in the West to join the barbaric ISIS. Girls and boys have gone rapidly from being apparently well-adjusted school kids, to enthusiastically joining the ranks of Kalashnikov-wielding religious warriors and burkah-clad “jihadi brides”.

It feels like a new and frightening phenomenon, one which has left many feeling bewildered and repulsed. But as this new documentary film by Emmy Award-winning director Deeyah Khan shows, Westerners embracing jihad and death is nothing new.

DURATION

1 x 60

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2016

PRODUCED BY

Fuuse Films

BROADCASTER

ITV

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION

UK

Reviews

Most surprising in this extraordinary film are the silences. Eloquent, painful and raw. Like the silence of a former British jihadist, searching his own mind for the rationale behind his actions – unable to forgive himself for what he has done. There are plenty of reasons why some British Muslims turn to extremism – this film uncovers many of them in rare and uncomfortable detail. And while it offers examples of redemption, it sounds a very powerful alarm to communities right across the country. The journey to violence and hatred can be remarkably short and easy. The journey back is infinitely more difficult

Tim Sebastian, BAFTA and RTS Award-winning television journalist and novelist

“Anyone wishing to understand why thousands of Western-born Muslims are leaving comfortable homes to fight with Isis would do well to watch Deeyah Khan’s powerful new film, Jihad … featuring extraordinary interviews.

The Independent, The Independent on Sunday

A powerful and deeply thoughtful film – trying as it does to understand the human imperatives that lie behind the new radicalism. Essential viewing on the most challenging subject of our troubled age.

Peter Kosminsky, BAFTA-, Emmy- and RTS Award-winning director

Great journalism often challenges the official version of events. That’s what Deeyah Khan’s film Jihad does to the story which governments and tabloids like to tell about the radicalisation of Muslims. She takes those cliches and caricatures, shreds them, and then she let’s you see what is really happening.

Nick Davies, Special Correspondent, The Guardian

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