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Among the Believers - The Ideological Battles Shaping Pakistan and Muslim World
Charismatic cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS supporter and Taliban ally, is waging jihad against the Pakistani state. His dream is to impose a strict version of Shariah law throughout the country, as a model for the world. A flashpoint in Aziz's holy war took place in 2007, when the…
Constructing the Terrorist Threat - Islamophobia, The Media & The War on Terror
Deepa Kumar, a leading scholar on Islamophobia, argues that U.S. media have turned Arabs and Muslims into the new face of terror, even though only a tiny fraction of Muslims and Arabs have ever committed a terror attack, and terror attacks by homegrown right-wing violent extremist groups have far outnumbered…
Jihad Selfie - ISIS Recruitment via Social Media in Indonesia
This documentary follows the life of a 16-year-old teenager from Indonesia, Teuku Akbar Maulana. Akbar received a scholarship from the Turkish government to study in Kayseri, Turkey. Two of his high school friends, who are also Indonesian citizens, have joined ISIS through social media. Over the course of the film…
Jihad 2.0 - ISIS, Terrorism, and Social Media
For nearly two years, an extraordinary effective terrorist propaganda has been flooding the Internet. Through an unfailing control over social networks and the mass production of ultra-violent footage enhanced by special effects and edited like rap music videos, the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) terrorists have been hammering…
The Last Prayer? - Christians in the Middle East
As ISIS and other extremists threaten, enslave and kill Christians, is their history in the birthplace of their faith coming to an end? 'There is a global war against Christianity' states Timothy Radcliffe, former master of the order of preachers. According to a Vatican report, 100,000 Christians are martyred every…
Shingal - Feminicide in the Age of ISIS
Driven from their ancestral lands by ISIS after a campaign of brutal genocide, the Yazidis, a persecuted religious minority in Iraq, attempt to ransom their kidnapped daughters from the terror group's slave camps while dreaming one day of returning home. Official Selection at Hot Docs Documentary Festival. Winner of Best…
Faces of Terror - Examining Terrorist Acts in France
Why are European children of immigrants like Amedy Coulibaly or the Kouachi brothers attacking their countries of birth? What leads them to reject the values of the nation which they grew up in and be reborn as extremists of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State? How does religion play in…
Jim: The James Foley Story - An American Journalist Killed by ISIS
On Thanksgiving Day 2012, American photojournalist James "Jim" Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before the infamous video of his public execution sent shockwaves and introduced much of the world to ISIS. Jim: The James Foley Story, by close childhood friend Brian Oakes, tells the…
A Requiem for Syrian Refugees
A Requiem for Syrian Refugees is a poignant journey of survival, resilience and empowerment. Requiem is a wrenching documentary that features epic landscapes and compelling candid testimonies of Syrian refugees. Shot unembedded less than one hundred miles from ISIS controlled territory, Requiem offers an unprecedented in-depth perspective on the daily…
The Rise of ISIS
Part of the Series: Frontline
Investigate the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS.
Women Against ISIS - Middle Eastern Women Lead Resistance Against the Jihadist Movement
In the war against the Islamic State, the only movement combating the jihadists with any effectiveness on the ground is the Kurdish resistance army. This movement is made up of both men and women fighters forcing back the jihadists and reclaiming the land village by village. One of the resistance…
Infiltrating Al Qaeda
This one of a kind documentary follows an Algerian reporter Mohammed Sifaoui over a period of four months as he infiltrated an Islamic AL-Qaeda network in France. Passing himself as a religious fundamentalist, who believes in the theories of Osama Bin Laden, he wins the confidence of the network members,…