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Source:  Los Angeles Times

What might your attempted indoctrination look like if you were kidnapped by radical Islamists? Or your television viewing habits after Sharia law took over your town?

“Jihadists” from French filmmaker François Margolin and Mauritanian Muslim journalist Lemine Ould Salem, is a sort of answer: a context-free series of interviews with hard-line fundamentalist clerics and believers from Sharia strongholds in Mali, Tunisia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, interspersed with propaganda videos of varying levels of queasiness and horror.

The filmmakers gained unprecedented access to record the unfettered theories of militant Salafists — ultra-pious adherents who want to turn back the clock — and the result is unusual enough in its uncritical presentation that the film was nearly banned in France for coming off like propaganda itself.

While there is a certain abject fascination in the unvarnished reality on display — everyday violence, unapologetic defenses of cruelty, killing, and hatred wrapped in soft-spoken praisings of God — the lack of an off-screen voice saying “Yeah, but …” is ultimately maddening.

Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.

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