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My Brother the Terrorist

Film-maker Robb Leech attempts to understand his stepbrother's journey from middle-class white boy in Weymouth to convicted terrorist. In 2010 Robb spent a year filming his stepbrother Rich after he turned his back on the world in which he grew up to become a fundamentalist Muslim called Salahuddin.

Robb began filming with his stepbrother as he entered a strange new world where everyone talked about fighting jihad and implementing Sharia law. The result was Robb's acclaimed BBC Three documentary, My Brother the Islamist.

When, in 2013, Salahuddin is convicted of preparing terrorism acts and jailed for six years, Robb is desperate to know what triggered his stepbrother, and others like him, to cross the line. Robb seeks out imam and psychologist Alyas Karmani to understand what drives young British-born men and women into radical jihadism. And he confronts Anjem Choudary, the man who converted Rich, about his role in Salahuddin's radicalisation.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Thu 23 Oct 2014 00:05
BBC One Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland HD, Scotland, Scotland HD only


Role Contributor
DirectorRobb Leech
ProducerRay Tostevin
Production CompanyGRACE Productions
EditorGarry Crystal
Executive ProducerSimon Ford

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Robb Leech talks about the reasons behind making this highly-personal documentary.