The Return: Life After ISIS

The Return: Life After ISIS

A unique access portrait of a group of Western women who devoted their young lives to ISIS, but who now want to be given the chance to start over, back home in the West. Among them, probably the most famous British recruit Shamima Begum, who fled the country when she was 15, and Hoda Muthana from USA who incited her followers on Twitter to go on drivebys and kill Americans. Universally reviled by the media, these women now tell their stories for the very first time.

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Alba Sotorra Clua




Director: Alba Sotorra Clua
Executive Producer: Sam Collyns, Poppy Dixon, Jack Oliver
Producer: Alba Sotorra Clua, Vesna Cudic
Screenwriter: Alba Sotorra Clua
Cinematographer: Lara Vilanova, Gris Jordana, Nuria Roldós
Editor: Michael Nollet, Xavi Carrasco
Music: Mahmud Berazi
Principal Cast: Hoda Muthana , Shamima Begum


Vesna Cudic
Public Film Contact
Vesna Cudic
MetFilm Sales
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Sylvia Desrochers from MPRM
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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2021
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Spain, United Kingdom
Language: English
Runtime: 90 mins