Comcast-owned European mediaco Sky has boarded filmmaker Alba Sotorra Clua’s feature documentary The Return: Life After ISIS ahead of its premiere in competition at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival.
The film was commissioned for Sky Documentaries by Zai Bennett, MD of content, and Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries and factual, and Jack Oliver, head of co-productions. MetFilm Sales in handling worldwide distribution.
The Return: Life After ISIS offers access to a group of Western women who devoted their young lives to ISIS, including British recruit Shamima Begum (pictured), who fled the country with two school friends when she was just 15, and Hoda Muthana from the U.S.
The film, launching on Sky Docs and Now TV this summer, explores the realities of the more than 60,000 ISIS brides and children stranded in Syria.
Sotorra Clua’s previous projects include the documentary feature film Game Over (2015), which received the Gaudí Award from the Catalan Film Academy, and Comandante Arian (2018), nominated for the Gaudí Award for Best Documentary.
The Return: Life After ISIS is an Alba Sotorra Production in association with MetFilm (The Reason I Jump, Misha and the Wolves) and Ronachan Films (Escape from ISIS, The UN Sex Abuse Scandal).
Sotorra Clua serves as director and producer, with Vesna Cudic and Carles Torras also producing.
The film is executive produced by Sam Collyns on behalf of Ronachan Films; Dixon and Oliver for Sky UKl and Jordi Ambros on behalf of TV Catalonia.
Earlier this month, Sky bolstered its nascent documentaries and factual team with two commissioning appointments. Hayley Reynolds, formerly assistant commissioning editor for BBC Storyville, was named commissioning editor for documentaries and factual, while Channel 4′s Janine Thomas moved into the role of assistant commissioning editor.