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Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight ISIS

The story of Anna Campbell, who travelled to northern Syria in secret in 2017. Just eight months after arriving and with no military background, Anna went to the front line to fight with Kurdish YPJ.

In 2017, 25-year-old Anna Campbell from Lewes in East Sussex travelled in secret to northern Syria. She was heading for Rojava, the Kurdish territory in the north of the country. In the midst of the civil war in Syria, a fledgling feminist democracy had been established but almost immediately came under threat from the so-called Islamic State. Just eight months after arriving and with no military background, Anna went to the front line to fight with Kurdish YPJ. A month later she was killed by a Turkish air strike.

With access to her diary and videos filmed while she was there, this film explores what motivated Anna to leave and how her family make sense of the tragic consequences.

Part of the award-winning This World strand.

11 months left to watch

59 minutes

Signed Audio described

Last on

Friday 01:15

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Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Deborah Maclaren
Director Marina Parker
Producer Marina Parker
Executive Producer Sarah Waldron

Broadcasts

  • Wed 3 Jul 2019 21:30
  • Wed 3 Jul 2019 23:15
  • Friday 01:15