A look at the lives of four British citizens who join ISIS in Syria.




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Series cast summary:
Ony Uhiara Ony Uhiara ...  Shakira Boothe 4 episodes, 2017
Sam Otto ...  Jalal Hossein 4 episodes, 2017
Hiam Abbass ...  Umm Salamah 4 episodes, 2017
Nana Agyeman-Bediako Nana Agyeman-Bediako ...  Isaac Boothe / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Samer Bisharat ...  Abu Sahl 4 episodes, 2017
Shavani Cameron Shavani Cameron ...  Ushna Kaleel 4 episodes, 2017
Sebastian Griegel Sebastian Griegel ...  Abu Lut Al-Almani / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Jessica Gunning ...  Umm Walid 4 episodes, 2017
Ali Suliman ...  Abu Omar 3 episodes, 2017
Fayez Bakhsh ...  Abu Jihad / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Amir El-Masry ...  Sayed 3 episodes, 2017
Jack Greenlees ...  Abu Ibrahim Al-Brittani / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Karim Kassem ...  Abu Akram 3 episodes, 2017
Dhafer L'Abidine ...  Maqqar Amir 3 episodes, 2017
Ryan McKen ...  Ziyaad Kader / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Charles Mnene ...  Abu Ayoub Al-Brittani / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Haaz Sleiman ...  Dr. Rabia 3 episodes, 2017
Maisa Abd Elhadi ...  Ibtasam / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Mohammed Ghaleb Al-Kotma Mohammed Ghaleb Al-Kotma ...  Hisbah officer 2 episodes, 2017
Yasen Atour ...  Abu Issa 2 episodes, 2017
Azad Boutella ...  Abu Hakim 2 episodes, 2017
Shalom Brune-Franklin ...  Umm Khulthum 2 episodes, 2017
Yannick de Waal ...  Abu Abbas Al-Hollandi 2 episodes, 2017
Ikky Elyas ...  Imam 2 episodes, 2017
Nitin Ganatra ...  Munir Hossein 2 episodes, 2017
Moe Idris Moe Idris ...  Abu Masood 2 episodes, 2017
Anjan Kannan Anjan Kannan ...  Baggage Checker, Wounded Soldier 2 episodes, 2017
Pino Maiello Pino Maiello ...  Assad soldier 2 episodes, 2017
Mohamed Yousry Mohamed Yousry ...  Interrogator 2 episodes, 2017
Angelina-Rain Zou'Bi Angelina-Rain Zou'Bi ...  Narin 2 episodes, 2017


A journey of men and women and one child, from being curious online, join what they think is a helpful service to Allah & other Muslims. Many surprises await them, once they are made to burn their passports essentially making this a one way trip....... Written by Mimoshiki Thornton

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English | Arabic

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18 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Untitled ISIS Project See more »

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Almeria, Andalusia, Spain See more »

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A show about an uncomfortable subject which gives a human face to the issues we face today
25 August 2017 | by azanti0029See all my reviews

Okay perhaps something of a wake-up call is needed for the people who wrote the scathing entirely undeserved one-star reviews of this show, out of, it would seem, hatred for any attempt to show sympathy for the characters portrayed here - I will take something of a more pragmatic approach to the material.

Jumping straight in at the deep end 'The State' introduces us to four young characters as they travel from the west to Syria, each with their own delusions about what it will mean to join Islamic State and build the new state of Syria. There's young Doctor and single Mother, Shakira (Ony Uhiara - brilliant) Jalal (Sam Otto - outstanding) whose brother joined prior to him and was killed in action, who wants to fight the enemy along with his childhood friend Ziyaad (Ryan McKen) and finally Ushna (an excellent debut from Shavani Cameron)who hopes to be a 'lioness among lions' but still hates to use a shared toilet. So it is on the front lines of the fighting in Syria that these four characters find themselves. The women are taken to the female compound run by the pious hands of westerner Umm Walid (Jessica Gunning, suitably patronising in the role) While the men are trained to kill and assigned combat duty, meeting other westerners who have come to join the fight. So it is that we follow the course of their lives and the people they meet over a few short weeks.

I find comments elsewhere about this shows attempts to sympathise with these young people rather vacuous and missing the point of the show entirely - There is little sympathy to be found for our leading protagonists here. We do not, for one thing, know why they came to join with perhaps the exception of Jalal. An advert for recruitment to ISIS, this show IS NOT. The threat of rape for the female characters is constant throughout the story while the men are sent into near suicide combat missions, being told a glorious death awaits them. This is a story about four people who were naively drawn into a cause, the reality of which they didn't fully comprehend until they were standing in the middle of it. Where the show is it's strongest is with the Shakira / Jalal story lines and this is as much down to the performance by the actors, as it is about the script. Casting Director Nina Gold has assembled an impressive and convincing cast here, with the stand out performance being that of Sam Otto. His inner conflict and doubt is precisely stated with just the odd look and glance, while Ony Uhiara, as the Doctor who finds she is increasingly marginalised realises her son is being turned into a killer before her very eyes, plays her growing doubt with great conviction. Special mention here must also go to child actor Nana Agyeman-Bediako who is fantastic as her son. A number of the supporting cast are extremely good as well, having cast a number of people who speak perfect Arabic. Karim Kassem is especially good as the local ISIS leader, who haunts Shakira's every move while Jack Greenless stands out as an ex-western soldier in a very under written role. Haaz Sleiman, Fayez Bakhsh and Hiam Abbass all make their mark in the story and deserve a mention.

What 'The State' does, is Humanise the characters it portrays. We can probably all remember a time once where some of us were naively influenced by a political movement at the time, be that CND or protesting against perfume being used on monkeys. This is a story about that time in our youth, where we were impressionable, we could make a mistake and suddenly we find ourselves growing up very fast. The experience these people went through felt authentic and that is important because nothing shown here would in my view ever encourage a person to take the same journey. Schools would do well to show this series to their students.

For me, there was one thing that was missing from the show. I felt it would have benefited from another episode prior to episode one which demonstrated how each person was drawn into this cause. The producers felt it was enough to show that they are, which is, of course, the reality but f we don't understand what draws people to a cause like this, how are we ever going to understand it?

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