The film tells the inside story of Mohammed Emwazi’s journey from an ordinary London boy to becoming “Jihadi John” - one of the most notorious terrorists of all time. The film explores the shattered lives of Jihadi John’s hostages, and the emotional and psychological turmoil of the family members whose relatives were barbarically murdered by the British terrorist. It also gives the definitive account of the hunt for Jihadi John by CIA, Pentagon and British intelligence operatives who have never spoken publicly about the operation until now.
In extraordinary first-hand accounts, the intelligence operatives also expose their own failures in the fight against ISIS and interrogate the twisted worldview of “Jihadi millennials” who turned social media sites such as Twitter and YouTube into recruitment platforms.
Nutopia has previously made films including C4 and PBS’ Held Hostage, about the story of Western citizens held hostage by Al Qaeda at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria, and C4 Targeting Bin Laden. Livedrop Media was behind My Son the Jihadi and Hunting The KGB Killers.
Made for HBO and Channel 4, The Hunt for Jihadi John/Unmasking Jihadi John is directed by Anthony Wonke, the Bafta and Emmy award winning filmmaker (Syria: Children on the Frontline and Ronaldo). It's written and produced by BAFTA-winning filmmaker and journalist Richard Kerbaj (My Son the Jihadi and Hunting the KGB Killers.)
Produced by Nutopia Ltd in association with Livedrop Media and HBO for Channel 4 Television
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