Recruiting for Jihad

Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen / Adel Khan Farooq

Norway 2017, 79 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Norwegian, English

Subtitles: English

Confrontational documentary in which two Norwegian filmmakers follow a Muslim extremist in Norway for three years, while he recruits young men to fight for IS. When charges are brought against him and the filmed material is confiscated, the freedom of the press is suddenly at stake.

Ubaydullah Hussain is a charismatic man who grew up in Norway and is now committed to recruiting young IS warriors. He is also the spokesman of an extremist movement known as The Prophet’s Ummah, a Salafist-Jihadist organization in Norway. For three years, Norwegian filmmakers Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen and Adil Khan Farooq were granted access to the life of the Muslim extremist. He seems to have no difficulty sharing his controversial ideas and philosophies with the makers. Hussain initially presents himself as a rational and tolerant man, but a portrait slowly emerges of a true extremist whose convictions often contain contradictions.

The film takes on a second layer when one of Hussain’s recruits turns out to have been involved in a terrorist attack and the filmmakers are suddenly confronted with the judicial fight against terrorism. Their film footage is confiscated by the Norwegian police as evidence in the court case. Suddenly, the film is not just about Muslim extremism, but freedom of the press as well.

Synopsis

Recruiting for Jihad is part of the Festival Favorites theme programme.

Credits

Productions:

Up North Film

jonathan@upnorthfilm.no

www.upnorthfilm.no

World sales:

East Village Entertainment

+12126142808

www.eastvillageentertainment.com

Talkshows & debates

Recruiting for Jihad: Q&A with directors Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen & Adel Khan Farooq

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 15:00

Directors Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen and Adel Khan Farooq speak about the rise of extremism, the making off their film and the importance of investigative journalism and protection of sources.

Recruiting for Jihad: Q&A with directors Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen & Adel Khan Farooq

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 20:45

Directors Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen and Ade Khan Farooq speak about the rise of extremism, the making off their film and the importance of investigative journalism and protection of sources.