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
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
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

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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A hard-hitting difficult watch
15 October 2017 | by dougroper-23168See all my reviews

Reading some reviews of The State, it seems some have completely missed the point of this mini-series. Far from glamourising IS this excellent series lays bare the lie that is at the heart of the death cult of Daesh. That lie draws impressionable, idealistic young Muslims across the west into a situation way out of their depth. Some argue that all who join IS know exactly what they are doing, which seems to leave some viewers unable to find anything sympathetic about the four young Brits portrayed here. Frankly, being unable to experience empathy for these characters says more about the person reviewing than it does about the situation itself.

Far from idealising and glamourising IS this remarkable mini-series shows the brutality and evil at the heart of it in a way nothing else I've seen quite does. Several scenes are incredibly difficult to watch, clearly intentionally so, and I found the changes of focus from the young jihadis experiencing the terror of battle and the brutalisation of witnessing torture, to the stories of the women and children equally brutalised and adapting (or not) to an almost alien culture, incredibly compelling.

This was brave television and for the most part well done. I feel it would have benefited from more time given to the ending, as this felt rushed and uncertain, but otherwise an excellent and compelling story.


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