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Showtime acquires Ellwood’s “American Jihad”

Showtime Documentary Films has acquired the new documentary, American Jihad. The doc explores home-grown Jihadism and how young men are radicalized to commit violent acts of terrorism and what can be done ...
January 31, 2017

Showtime Documentary Films has acquired the new documentary, American Jihad.

The doc explores home-grown Jihadism and how young men are radicalized to commit violent acts of terrorism and what can be done to prevent it. With the use of intimate personal stories, the audience is exposed to the havoc it creates in the lives of families and its destruction on their communities.

The film also explores the impact of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen identified by the CIA as an al-Qaeda leader. His charismatic persona and personalized recruitment tactics were responsible for influencing other Americans to the Jihadist cause. He was the first American-born terrorist targeted and killed by a U.S. drone strike overseas. His death had global political implications and spurred radicalism in the U.S.

The feature was inspired by the 2016 drama-thriller Patriots Day, which focuses on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

American Jihad was directed by Alison Ellwood (pictured, left) and executive produced by Oscar-winning filmmakers Alex Gibney and Stacey Offman of Jigsaw Productions, along with 60 Minutes’ Michael Radutzky and Jeff Fager, and Film 45′s Matt Goldberg, Brandon Carroll and  John Logan Pierson.

The doc will close the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana in late February.

American Jihad will premiere on Showtime on March 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on-air, online and On Demand.

Gibney (pictured, right) is also busy prepping a film about ousted Fox Chair and CEO Roger Ailes. Although he confirmed the project, Gibney has not yet provided further details about its release, producing partners or filming details.

 

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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