Life After ISIS: Episode 12 — Mohammad from Safi: “The Accidental Jihadist”

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Life After ISIS: Episode 12 — Mohammad from Safi: “The Accidental Jihadist”

Episode 12 of the new series: Life After ISIS. Life After ISIS is a series of real interviews from ISIS defectors. Ever wonder why they did it? Check out the show!

As the main breadwinner for his large Moroccan family, Mohammed leaves the seaside town of Safi and takes a job at a hotel in Libya. The turmoil of Arab Spring starts and Mohammed is stranded in Libya. He is forced to join an Islamist group at gunpoint and finds out he is working for ISIS. Shocked by the wanton killing perpetrated by ISIS enforcers, Mohammed desperately searches for a way out. He befriends a young French woman that came to Libya for jihad, but was abused by her ISIS emir. She finds a smuggler who can help them, but it will cost Mohammed everything he owns — and it involves a risky open-sea voyage at night. He decides to take his chances with the sea, knowing that if and when he gets back to Morocco, he will be arrested and thrown into prison. Back on the beach of Safi, Mohammed recounts his ISIS odyssey with reporter Mohammed Reda Curdi.

*Qualified* 2020 ACADEMY AWARS “Best Feature #Documentary” – #OSCARS
#Iraq, #Iran, and the coming conflict in the Middle East.
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FILM SYNOPSIS
In the fall of 2016, an army of over 100,000 Iraqi soldiers and militia men mobilize to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from the clutches of #ISIS. Among them is embedded Iraqi journalist Ali Maula, who witnesses the temporary alliance between Sunnis, Shiites, Christians and #Kurds — all of whom have differing motivations in the region – but are united by the common goal of freeing their country from the scourge of ISIS.

The road to Mosul is no easy path, and it provides a snapshot of the controversial and larger than life characters who are impacting a political climate that has reached its boiling point: a Sunni tribal leader called “The Crocodile”; an Iranian-backed lawyer-turned-warrior; a female militia leader avenging the death of her husband; and the refugees who inhabit sprawling relief camps that are the scars of ISIS occupation. As we near the end of Ali’s journey, we encounter a jailed ISIS prisoner who reveals the haunting truth behind his organization.

In the aftermath of the largest siege since Stalingrad, sectarian conflict begins to re-emerge – and the tactical victory is met by a stark realization: that the war against ISIS may be over, but the seeds of another conflict have already been sown.

Directed by former #CIA counterterrorism officer Daniel Gabriel
88 minutes, English, 5.1 surround

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