Astrid Whettnall in a scene from Rachid Bouchareb’s “Road to Istanbul,” screening out of competition at the Berlinale.
Hassen Brahiti © 3B Productions
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Rachid Bouchareb has turned his camera on the appeal of jihad to a generation of young upcoming Europeans.Screening at the Berlin International Film Festival, "The Road to Istanbul" tells the story of Elisabeth, a Belgian mother whose 20-year-old daughter Elodie runs away from home to join Daesh (ISIS) fighters in war-torn Syria. A Franco-Algerian filmmaker Bouchareb is best known for the groundbreaking 2006 drama "Days of Glory" (Indigenes), about North Africans serving in the French army during World War II.Bouchareb worked closely with prominent Algerian author Yasmina Khadra on the screenplay and met with parents who had lost children to Islamic radicalism.Devastated, Elisabeth ignores the risks and decides she will travel herself to the chaotic and violent region to try to bring her daughter back.
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