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by Eric Baudelaire


Using tranquil images of suburban and rural scenes in France and Syria, the filmmaker traces the voyage of the young Abdel Aziz from his home town of Val-de-Marne, France, via Egypt to Syria. Excerpts from court documents and police reports interrupt the mundane landscape footage and reveal that Aziz has apparently joined the Islamic State and helped to radicalize other young people. The film never shows its protagonist’s face, and his name has been changed. The viewer, however, sees what Aziz sees – and that suffices to get close to the subject and to think the unthinkable.

original title: Also Known as Jihadi
country: France
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Eric Baudelaire
film run: 102'
cinematography by: Claire Mathon
film editing: Claire Atherton
producer: Olivier Marboeuf, Cédric Walter, Eric Baudelaire
production: Poulet-Malassis, Spectre Production
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