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Trapped—first by their alienated youth as Muslim girls living in minority enclaves within Western countries, then by ISIS and its ultra-radicalized doctrines that deprived them of agency, now as stateless individuals whose governments work to deny them as citizens. Alba Sotorra Clua’s stirring and sensitive film, filmed over the span of a year at the Roj Detention Camp in Northern Syria, immerses us in the stark stories of some of the world’s most notorious female ISIS “fighters.” With soft-spoken maturity, Shamima Begum, Hoda Muthana and others like them, including Canadian Kimberly Polman, speak for themselves, giving dramatic and sometimes grisly accounts of their experiences. In addition to fighting for their right to return home, they share the struggle of moving through overwhelming emotional and physical toil, as they wrestle with the guilt of their decision to join ISIS and hint at the work needed to rebuild a sense of identity and trust in humanity. -TA

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Country
    Spain, United Kingdom
  • Premiere
    Vancouver
  • Director
    Alba Sotorra Clua
  • Screenwriter
    Júlia Parés, Alba Sotorra Clua
  • Producer
    Alba Sotorra Clua, Vesna Cudic
  • Executive Producer
    Sam Collyns
  • Editor
    Michael Nollet
  • Composer
    Mehmud Berazi, Josefina Rozenwasser
  • Sound Design
    Jordi Ribas