The Woman Who Joined the Taliban
Catalogue Number: MFM002
Producer: Matter of Fact Media
Subject: Canadian World Studies, Current Events, Documentary, Global Issues, Global Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology, Women's Studies
Grade Level: Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2015
Running Time: 50
Closed Captions: Yes
Beverley Giesbrecht was a publishing executive and devout Christian living near Vancouver when the events of September 11th changed her life. Within seven months, she converted to Islam and began a journey that took her to the heart of Taliban territory in the mountains of Pakistan.
As a Canadian Muslim convert, Giesbrecht saw herself as a bridge between two warring cultures. Her website Jihad Unspun presented the radical Islamist's views to readers in Canada and the West. Determined to present an alternate view of militant islam, she travelled as a journalist to the most dangerous place on earth – the Taliban-controlled mountains of Pakistan - to make a first person documentary.
But before she could finish her project, she was betrayed and taken captive by Taliban fighters convinced she was an American spy.
This film sets out to investigate the strange circumstances surrounding Beverley’s kidnapping amidst Islamic fundamentalism, shifting allegiances, and political intrigue in the lawless tribal territories on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Beverley’s story also illuminates why some people in Western societies become drawn to Islamic extremism — sometimes with disastrous consequences.
At its heart, The Woman Who Joined the Taliban is the tragic story of a lost woman looking for meaning and a home -- but who walks into hell. Beverley was never able to bring home the film she meant to make. This film will bring her extraordinary story to light.
Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series: 2017 Canadian Screen Awards
“…a brutally poignant documentary.” – The Globe and Mail
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