In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Jihad Trailer (2016)
Trailer for In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Jihad.
The Ayachis are a French Muslim family whose patriarch, Bassam, and son, Abdel Rahmane, have been radicalized by world events and propelled by a sense of ancestral religious duty to return to defend their Syrian homeland. Over three years, filmmaker Stéphane Malterre captured their dramatic lives in Syria, fighting against Daesh (also known as ISIS) and Bashar al-Assad's regime. Abdel Rahmane joins the revolution as a commanding soldier for the Islamist rebels under the name Abu Hajar, while Bassam works behind the scenes as an ad hoc tribunal judge and sheik. Family members who remain in France weigh in on their loved ones' situation and sacrifice, telling an incredible story of integration, fundamentalism and the gap between Western and Eastern cultures. Spanning four decades of family history, this controversial and sympathetic look at the transformation of two men into liberators and jihadis does nothing if not make crystal clear that power lies in the people.