PATH OF BLOOD
PATH OF BLOOD
“I’ve never seen anything like it” -- Nick Cohen, The Observer
“Eye-opening” -- Zing Tsjeng, Dazed
“Horrifying and incredibly revealing. A film makes us question the nature of good and evil.” -- Stephen Fry, actor, writer, presenter
“Leaves you irrevocably changed” -- Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
“Gripping and terrifying” -- Kaleem Aftab, The Independent
“Incredible. An unprecedented insight into al Qaeda” -- Hannah Stuart, Henry Jackson Society
"It is one of the most powerful films in this genre." -- Maajid Nawaz, Founding Chairman, The Quilliam Foundation
"Another piece of the puzzle unfolds." -- Oliver Stone, Oscar-winning director, producer, and screenwriter
“Shocking and amazing. This is what it means to be confronting terrorism.” -- Aimen Dean, former MI6 agent, and former member of Al Qaeda
ABOUT JONATHAN HACKER, Director / Producer
Jonathan Hacker is a documentary producer and director with numerous awards under his belt including the prestigious BAFTA and RTS awards. He read Modern History at Oxford University and then studied on a Rotary Scholarship at USC film school in Los Angeles. He started working in television drama before focusing on documentaries. His diverse documentary work ranges from high-profile international history series such as Secret Agent and Timewatch for the BBC, to hard-hitting current affairs programs such as Britain’s First Suicide Bombers which also tackled the subject of Al Qaeda.
PATH OF BLOOD depicts Islamist terrorism, as it has never been seen before. Drawn from a hoard of jihadi home-movie footage that was captured by Saudi security services, this is the story of Muslim terrorists targeting Muslim civilians and brought to justice by Muslim security agents. It is a stark reminder that all who are touched by terrorism are victimized by it.
A powerful and sometimes shocking cinematic experience, PATH OF BLOOD reveals how brainwashed youths, fuelled by idealism and the misguided pursuit of adventure, can descend into madness and carnage. The raw, unvarnished footage, to which the filmmakers negotiated exclusive access, captures young thrill-seekers at a jihadi “boot camp” deep in the Saudi desert, having signed on to overthrow the Saudi government. They plot to detonate car bombs in downtown Riyadh, become embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse with government forces and, as their plans unravel, resort to ever more brutal tactics.
Adopting a strictly objective approach, the film doesn’t editorialize and contains no interviews or “talking heads” commentary. The home video footage was shot by the terrorists themselves, allowing viewers to see them in all their complexity, while compelling audiences to draw their own conclusions.