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 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
Iqbal 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
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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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UK

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Almeria, Andalusia, Spain

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Archery Pictures See more »
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Locations in Southern Spain double for Syria throughout the series. See more »

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Window into Muslim paradise on Earth
18 February 2018 | by FoiserSee all my reviews

Stop! Don't believe the one star reviews.

As a conservative, I too had a negative reaction to just seeing the promotional material advertising this TV Series. Mainly because I expected your usual left-wing propaganda from liberal cabal that is running the entertainment industry, hammered into my brain. Or worse, glamorizing Jihadis much like Rolling Stone did with Tsarnaev Brothers.

But I assure it is not so. I have no idea who this Peter Kosminsky is, but he did a great job of bringing the story of five British would be Jihadis going to Syria, and their travails as they battle the Kurds, Assad's Army, Western back coalition... But mostly battle with their own doubts.

The State shows in vivid terms what was happening in parts of Syria ISIS controlled during their heyday from early 2014 to late 2017.

The State is a fascinating insight for someone like me, a citizen of the West, who was in a way affected by it during that time period. To see all those young men and women running off to join these cruel butchers, after we threw open the doors for their parents and gave them a chance at a better life in the West...

It deeply changed me who I am as a person. From a young, left-wing liberal secular progressive I used to be during 2000s, to a right-wing conservative Atheist considering conversion to Christianity or Judaism I am today.

After only half of first episode I was immersed into it. All along, I was expecting to be suddenly disrespected, or have my intelligence insulted by bankrupt liberal ideology, but... It didn't come.

Kosminsky just told a good story. Left it to us to be the judges. Which is what a good artists should be doing. Otherwise they are not artists. They are propagandists. Did he do that becuase he is aware of a deep cultural shift undergoing in the Western world (trust me, I wasn't the only one who was "Red Pilled" by ISIS), or because he just happens to be a good director, it doesn't matter.

What matters is that the first 4 episodes are among the greatest I've seen in British television. The liberals might be crying how there should have been another episode explaining the motivation behind joining ISIS, presumably so the filmmakers could blame the West...

But I'm glad they didn't do it. We don't care. We are sick and tired of excuses and blame. We are furious. And I'm glad that at least for the first 4 episodes we weren't made fools of.

We don't care about "why". We care about "because". The reasons they joined ISIS? It is BECAUSE they are Muslim. Looking for a way into paradise. If not in this life then in the afterlife.

It is an immersive, vivid portrayal of people caught up in the events in Syria. Some of whom would kill us if they had the chance. Following them along their journey is a deeply moving TV watching experience. So do yourself a favour and see this show.

Sooner or later, there will be yet another Islamic State of This and That, somewhere in the Muslim World. And there will be more young Muslims joining them in droves... But hopefully some of them will see this show and think twice what they are doing.


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