Jihad: A Story of the Others

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JIHAD: a story of the others
JIHAD: a story of the others
Directed byDeeyah Khan
  • Abu Muntasir
  • Alyas Karmani
  • Munir Zamir
  • Usama Hasan
  • Shahid Butt
  • Yasmin Mulbocus
Country of originUnited Kingdom / Norway
Original language(s)English
  • Darin Prindle
  • Andrew Smith
CinematographyNeil Harvey
Editor(s)Kevin Thomas
Running time50 minutes
DistributorFuuse Films
Original release15 June 2015 (2015-06-15)

JIHAD: a story of the others is a 2015 BAFTA and Grierson nominated documentary film by Emmy and Peabody Award winning Norwegian director Deeyah Khan. The film is produced by Khan's production company Fuuse. JIHAD is the outcome of a two-year investigation by Deeyah and provides a view from the inside about what it is like to be drawn into radicalism. The documentary film sets out to provide an insight into why some young Muslims in the West embrace violent extremism and go abroad to fight holy wars and in some cases why they came to reject it.[1]

The film received its world premiere on ITV in the UK through its current affairs strand Exposure under the title Jihad A British Story.[3]


The documentary looks at the intimate, personal reasons individuals are drawn into that world and how some find their way out of it. The film also shows that Westerners embracing jihad is nothing new and has been going on since the 1980s.

In JIHAD, Deeyah meets one of the godfathers of the British and Western jihadi movement, who went abroad to fight, and who preached extremism to thousands of young Muslims across the UK and the West.

Deeyah’s search for answers then takes her to the streets of modern Britain, meeting today’s young Muslims, caught between extremism and the War on Terror. She meets young British Muslims who feel angry and alienated, facing issues of discrimination, identity crises and rejection by both mainstream society and their own communities and families; but in surprising moments of insight and enlightenment, she also finds hope and some possible answers to the complex situation we are currently in.

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2016 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Best Short Documentary Won
2016 Norwegian Ministry of Arts & Culture[4] Human Rights Award Won
2016 Grierson Awards[5] Best Documentary on Current Affairs Nominated
2016 British Academy Film Awards[6] Best International Current Affairs Documentary Nominated
2016 Golden Nymph Award 56th award for Current Affair's Documentary Nominated
2017 Creative Diversity Network Awards[7] Best Current Affairs Program Nominated


  1. ^ Mark Piggott (14 June 2015). "Isis: 'Godfather of Jihad' says he regrets recruiting young Muslims to Islamic State". ibtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  2. ^ Tracy McVeigh (June 13, 2015). "Recruiter' of UK jihadis: I regret opening the way to Isis". theguardian.com. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Tim Macfarlan For Mailonline (14 June 2015). "Radical Muslim dubbed 'founding father of western jihad' reveals how he now regrets opening the door to ISIS". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  4. ^ Sveinung Stoveland (4 November 2015). "Deeyah Khan får menneskerettspris for modig film om religiøse krigere". www.dagbladet.no. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  5. ^ NTB (29 July 2016). "Deeyah Khan nominert til prestisjetung britisk dokumentarpris for Jihad-film" (in Norwegian). www.medier24.com. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Television in 2016- Television/ Current Affairs on 2016". www.bafta.org. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  7. ^ Chris Curtis (22 May 2017). "Shortlist revealed for CDN Awards 2017". www.broadcastnow.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2017.

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