August 10, 2017
Channel 4 and National Geographic have made a drama intended to humanise British jihadists joining Islamic State, with the director claiming terrorists are not driven by Islam and that showing them as “mad, unsympathetic people” is an “easy out”.
Golden Globe and Bafta-winning director Peter Kosminsky told the Radio Times that all Islamic State recruits have a “shallow… connection with their faith” and his four-part drama The State is “supposed to be a cautionary tale” exposing harsh realities faced by recruits.
In a statement, Channel 4 described The State as “a compelling, fictional story based on extensive research” which “follows the experiences of four young British men and women who have left their lives behind to join [Islamic State] in Raqqah, Syria”.
The programmes, also to be shown on National Geographic, proceed to document the alleged hardships of the terrorist recruits, as well as their victims, the statement continues.
This article was posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 6:39 am