15 | 09 | 2011
MY BROTHER THE ISLAMIST
Directed by Robb Leech
doc, 57 minutes, United Kingdom (2011)
What turns an ordinary man into an extremist? A young man sets out to understand why his brother has fundamentally changed his life and beliefs, filming their encounters over 12 months.
Like Robb, his step-brother Richard was an ordinary white middle-class boy from Dorset and, until a couple of years ago, they were almost inseparable. But then Richard moved away, and the family learned via a press story that he'd become a radical Islamist, changing his name to Salahuddin. Associating with jihadist fundamentalists, he believes the UK should be ruled by Sharia law. Over the course of the film, Robb attempts to reconnect with his extremist step-brother, to discover what's made the person he'd looked up to as a teenage role model reject everything that his family and the Western world stand for so avidly.
[...a fascinating film...], THE GUARDIAN
[... gently paced, gorgeously shot and, ironically, very English.], EYEFORFILM.CO.UK
Screening time: 20:00
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