Also Known As Jihadi

  • France
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Fûkei means landscape in Japanese. Fûkeiron is a proposition: turn the camera 180 degrees to film not the subject of the film, but rather the landscapes that he has seen. Film the clinic where the subject was born in the Parisian suburb of Vitry, the buildings he grew up in, his high school and workplaces. Then, film the landscapes of his departure: Egypt, Turkey and the road to Aleppo where he joined the ranks of the al-Nusra Front in 2012. And then film his path home.

Also Known As Jihadi is a possible story of a man told through the places he traversed. A series of landscapes contextualized by extracts of judicial documents: police interrogations, wiretaps, surveillance reports… Together, they form translate the filmmaker’s sense of loss in the face of the incomprehensible, a feeling coupled by the intuition that the incomprehensible must nonetheless have its reasons.


  • Original Title
    Also Known As Jihadi
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Eric Baudelaire
  • Cinematography
    Claire Mathon, Alan Guichaoua
  • Editing
    Claire Atherton
  • Sound
    Oguz Kaynak, Maxence Dussere, Nicolas Becker, Philippe Welsh
  • Runtime
    102 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • FID Marseille, France
    • Doclisboa, Portugal
    • Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy
    • Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, Czech Republic
    • Festival Filmer à tout prix, Brusels, Belgium
    • Montreal International Documentary Festival - RIDM, Canada
    • Mar del Plata film festival, Argentina
    • Pravo Ljudski Film Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • UNDOX-festival, Vienna, Austria
    • Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
    • !f İstanbul Independent Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
    • FICUNAM International Film Festival in Mexico City, Mexico
    • IBAFF - Festival Internacional de Cine de Murcia, Spain
    • Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
    • Taiwan International Documentary Film, Taiwan
  • Awards
    • Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy (Best Feature film)


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