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Recruiting for Jihad

2DCS/ES12
Director:Adel Khan Farooq, Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen
Premiere:11. March 2018
Length:80 minutes
Genre:Documentary

Category: Eurodrome

Director: Adel Khan Farooq, Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen

The fanatical ideology of the so-called Islamic State has attracted the attention of many young Europeans. From the first engagement to their decision to go to the battlefield in Syria and Iraq, they are accompanied by smooth-tongued advisors.

Adel Khan Farooq is a Norwegian documentary film maker of Pakistani origin who has succeeded in infiltrating the environment where recruits for the ranks of radical Islam are found. Its prominent figure is Ubaydullah Hussain, a Muslim born in Norway, who is convinced that Muslims are oppressed worldwide and therefore rejects the laws of the country in which he was born. He lets the director film his encounters with inexperienced youngsters and provides him with very open interviews. However, when Farooq together with well-known Norwegian director and cameraman Ulrik Rolfsen plans to complete the film after years of work, the police enter the picture. What started as a film about the illegal activities of European Islamists becomes a story of the struggle for journalistic independence.

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