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Hosted by the Consul of the Prague Arts & Culture Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Wed 09 Aug 19:30 - 21:30

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When Kamal resolves to change his life for the better, he leaves Belgium to help war victims in Syria. But, having arrived, he is forced to join a militia and is left stranded in Raqqa. Back home, his younger brother Nassim quickly becomes easy prey for radical recruiters, who promise to reunite him with his brother. Their mother, Leila, fights to protect the only thing she has left: her youngest son. The film paints a portrait of a time that both filmmakers experienced first-hand: a period that predates the Islamic State when many Belgians with Moroccan roots set off for Syria. Some of them were enlisted in organizations upon arriving, and were radicalized, as was the case for some of the two directors' loved ones – it is precisely this experience that is translated through Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah's cameras. “We wanted to show just how romantic and heroic jihad can seem at first glance, and how religion is weaponized.”

Aboubakr Bensaihi, Lubna Azabal, Ala Riani, Tara Abboud, Fouad Hajji, Amir El Arb
Language: FR with CZ/ENG subtitles

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