Mar 14, 2018 | 9:00pm – 10:43pm CT
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credit: Bazelevs

Looking to investigate the recruitment techniques used by ISIS to lure women into Syria as Jihadi brides, Amy Whittaker, a freelance journalist, creates a fake Facebook profile of a Muslim convert. When an ISIS recruiter contacts her online character, Amy comes across an opportunity to experience the process first hand. But with every passing call, the border dissolves between her real and online lives. While the Facebook character plays a love game, real Amy begins to experience Stockholm Syndrome, putting herself in danger. Based on the best-selling memoir, In the Skin of the Jihadist, by French journalist Anna Erelle, the action unfolds entirely within the bounds of Amy's computer screen.

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Timur Bekmambetov


Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Executive Producer: Adam Sidman, Rick Sobalvarro, Igor Tsay, Maria Zatulovskaya
Producer: Timur Bekmambetov, Olga Kharina
Screenwriter: Britt Poulton, Timur Bekmambetov, Olga Kharina
Editor: Andrey Shugaev
Production Designer: Ben Smith
Sound Designer: Aaron Glascock
Principal Cast: Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams, Morgan Watkins, Amir Rahimzadeh
Additional Credits: Casting Director: John McAlary, Based on the book: In the Skin of a Jihadist (Dans Ia peau d' une djihadiste) by Anna Erelle first published by Editions Robett Laffont (France), Costume Designer: Varya Avdyushko


Public Film Contact
Adam Sidman
Bazelevs Productions, Inc.
Publicity Contact
Haley Hart
310 205 4868
Sales Agent
Endeavor Content/Samantha Racanelli

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Year: 2018
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Thriller
Screening Section: Visions
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: Cyprus, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States
Language: English
Runtime: 103:00 mins