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  • Actors: Isa Abdullah Ali, Fawaz Gerges, Daveed Gartenstein Ross
  • Directors: Mark Claywell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Arabic
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MA1K0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,067 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SPECIAL FEATURES
Isa Ali Home Movies
Interview with Directors Mark Claywell & Jody Jenkins
Terrorist vs Freedom Fighter Featurette
Interview with Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadl-Allah

SYNOPSIS
American Soldier. Family Man. Jihadist. Isa Abdullah Ali is a person of many identities and contradictions, but in the beginning, he was a bullied young boy growing up in American's capital. At fifteen he joined the American army, and as a young man he converted to Islam and fought alongside the Amal militia and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Though the details of his past are murky, Isa claims to have killed more than 150 people in the fight to defend his faith. Through Isa's own words and those of family members, psychologists and political experts, this award-winning documentary attempts to decode the social and personal influences that can lead an individual down a path to radicalism. American Jihadist reaches beyond easy labels to grasp the nuances behind one man's decision to fight - and kill - for his religion.

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Perhaps the true intention of this film has been missed by those who point to 'Isa's time as a religious mercenary as the foci of the piece when, in fact, the real message lies somewhere between the origin of the tragic child and the renaissance of the 'found' man.

I found this documentary to be surprisingly inspiring (despite the fact that I, personally, have no overall use for organized religio-political groups or the "truths" they claim to espouse, nor the fanatical zealots they empower).

In my mind, the thing to be taken from this film is the fact that this man overcame his personal demons when others of similar (and, indeed, ofttimes less harsh) backgrounds cannot seem to do the same.

The fact that this seemingly violent man with no formative male role model has brought himself to the point where his cause celebre is no longer the call of his religious fever but, instead, the cry of his children and the renewed sense of self found with them is an achievement worth celebrating.

Well directed, engrossing, and thoroughly interesting.
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Know Brother Isa personally and have known him as a friend for many years and respect him dearly for his courage! A true warrior! Nuff said!
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By Milton Windsor on April 23, 2014
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Excellent insight into the mind of what some people might consider an enemy of the state. This documentary puts you right on the front lines!
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