American Jihadist (2010)

This is the story of Isa Abdullah Ali, aka Clevin Raphael Holt, an African-American Muslim from the ghettos of Washington, DC, labelled a "known terrorist" by the U.S. Defense Department though he's never been charged with any crime or with terrorism. Ali fought for 6 years in Lebanon and Bosnia as a Muslim volunteer and was shot multiple times.


What makes a person willing to pick up a gun for their religion? Are the underlying causes purely religious? Or might religious militancy be a means of addressing chronic social, economic, and political issues? The film reaches beyond easy labels to grasp the nuances behind one man's decision to fight for his religion.

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American Jihadist (2010)