Land of the Epics: Inside Islamist Rebels in Syria and Libya Part 2

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This documentary in Syria is about a press trip among the rebel groups against Bashar Assad's regime, where the film tells the story of two important leaders in a combat group. We accompanied them in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from September to December 2017.

The two are Abu Muhammad al-Shami al-Halabi, leader of the Ansar al-Aqeedah group, which is active in the Lattakia countryside Idlib, and Aleppo, was the governor of the Front of victory on Aleppo in 2014, and before the official Ahrar Cham in Aleppo and Deputy Abu Khaled Syrian one close to Osama bin Laden.

Abu Omar al-Libi, wanted for the West, where we accompanied him in a battle and before, even his daily life with his family. (CREATOR OF AL BATAR BRIGADE)

The story is accompanied by Abu Muhammad al-Shami, one of the most wanted Americans and the Syrian regime, for being the first Emi of foreign fighters who arrived in Syria in 2011. He was responsible for many of the leaders of the Islamic State Organization later, such as the Minister of War of the State Organization Abu Omar Al-Checheni, as well as his strong friendship with him, as well as Abu Ismail Al-Anbari.

In addition to its strong relationship with the leaders of the army of immigrants and supporters such as Saifullah who was killed before 2014 in battles in Aleppo, as well as Salah al-Din al-Chechen and Abdul Karim Ukrainian before the overthrow in 2015.

The story is also accompanied by Abu Mohammed and his close associates, in their play for football, and how to train, how they are fighting, how they are fighting on the fronts in Lattakia countryside, how to make weapons and missiles in an explosives factory, and how to make chemical weapons in a secret laboratory.

How they plan to fight in partnership with other groups, as well as the humanitarian situation of the population inside Aleppo and the city of Idlib
Accompanied by an elderly woman to tell us the situation in the city and its tragedies, and near the headquarters of the Abu Group Mohammed al-Shami, was a very impressive humanitarian situation.

The story of a child who collects bread crumbs and what he can eat to help his parents under bombardment.
As well as escorting a fighter from the Abu Mohammed group to areas known to forcibly displace its population by the forces as well as our presence in the city of Aleppo.

The story of the film also includes Abu Muhammad's supervision of digging a tunnel 70 kilometers long, under the ground with help prisoners of the regular army, with statements and tales of how some of them were captured and regretted to fight their people, as well as overseeing the launch of aircraft Dron Tayyar, to monitor the Afghan militias fighting alongside the Syrian regime.

We can also see very strong bombing scenes of the fortifications of the Afghan, Iranian and Lebanese Shiites.
The viewer can follow the story of Abu Muhammad al-Shami's group with a soldier in the ranks of the regime, and negotiate with his father, an officer in the regime forces, to swap him with the prisoners of revolutionaries detained by the forces of Bashar al-Assad, but with the days of this prisoner embraces the radical Salafist revolution against the regime, but even in the factory of explosives and preparation of missiles, and shows his willingness to blow himself up against Regular forces, if they do this, can help free themselves from some of the oppression of Syrian urban dwellers.

After this we can follow up with Abu Mohammed al-Shami with another important person in the story is Abu Ali Flic, this person was prisoner and was replaced in negotiations between the rebels and the Syrian regime with the brother of the Grand Mufti of the Syrian Republic Ahmad Hassoun.
In the course of the story, Abu Mohammed leads us to their allies, but this time they are the Kurdish Islamists who are fighting the Biki Ki and Syria's democratic forces, and visit them in a village called the visit on the outskirts of the Kurdish majority Afrin region, secular system.

There we can see dialogues with the village choir, as well as accompany him to the school that changed the educational system to a legal system, with the inspection of the school library and the contents of books, and the dire situation of the educational departments.

In the same context, we follow a battalion of jihadist women who are fighting on the fronts, mastering the shooting with machine guns and shelling the sites of the Afghan Shiites. This battalion is only the wives and wives of Abu Muhammad and his close companions and guards.
Seeking and fighting with their children, for the sake of peace and patience.

AND a lot of interview with this jihadists women.

Abu Mohammed continues with officials of the Sharia court and prison, and we go to the area to photograph the court
The prison and how things are there, with a dialogue with a legitimate judge and a custodian, as well as two prisoners on charges of collaboration and communication with Shiite militias and regular Syrian forces, as well as another prisoner in a jihadi group.

Near our residence with Abu Muhammad, foreign planes bombard a location near a mosque in Adnan we go photograph the area, people under the rubble, some of them dead, the mosque destroyed, by chance the little son was somewhere else the bombardment, of the child's amazement when we ask him about his mother says OH MY MOTHER .... Today is the day of Eid ... Your son came to you a martyr.

We continue our march with Abu Muhammad this time to the countryside of Idlib, to a river related to the Euphrates River, a river Asi, in the border area of Darkush, where they play like young children, and are happy.

Not far from the area there are Christian villages. We visited the predominantly Christian town of Qana, where we visited the Church of the Brother Francis and Father Hanagalov, who spoke in Italian with us, talked about many topics such as their coexistence with Muslims, their position on the revolution and the Syrian regime, and their position on the state organization that dominated the region around and then their position on the Islamic groups and their position on the victory front that controlled the region, their position on the arbitration of Islamic law, as well as talking with Christian residents in the village about the real function of the Christian minority in the area controlled by the jihadists and the daily threats of bombing and killing by the jihadists.

We conclude the story by one of the officials of the groups under the command of Abu Muhammad al-Shami, to bid farewell his comrades, who appeared to us from time to time in every film, because he was about to wear an explosive belt, would blow him up against the Syrian regime soldiers.
Battle against one of their locations near the Air College.

In the end, we will see a group of jihadists talking and threatening the West and Europe to transfer their terrorist operations to it.

TURKEY
After that, we will photograph in Turkey borders and some refugees and a dialogue with Syrian political figures residing in Turkey.

FRANCE
France will then hold dialogues with the dean of the Paris mosque and the role of mosques in the fight against extremism and terrorism, as well as dialogues with representatives of the Jewish religion in Paris on the night of the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris.

LIBYA
After that, we will be represented in Tripoli, Misrata, Zintan, Sabrata and dialogues with strong figures in the Libyan government in 2016 and 2017, including the founder of Libyan intelligence after the Muammar al-Qaiafi regime in 2011, as well as the mayor of Sabrata and the jihadi groups arrested by the Egyptian authorities. Egyptians, which forced the Libyan government to negotiate and release their Emir known as Sheikh Abu Ubaida Zawi, his real name Shaaban gift.

We also have interviews with moderate scholars urging the international community to combat terrorism, Koranic schools in Misurata and dialogue with the deputy mayor of Misurata.

As well as a dialogue with the Chairman of the Committee for the Defense of the Displaced from Benghazi.
And attend the celebrations of the 17th anniversary of the start of the Libyan revolution.

We also have interviews with officials on how to simulate terrorism, the cause of terrorism in Libya, and depict what happened after the terrorist attack in which Zliten was attacked by the Islamic state in a suicide attack on the Libyan judicial police site.

Movie characters

SYRIAN
Abu Muhammad al-Shami, a former detainee in the political prison of the Syrian regime, for his activity with the groups
Before 2011, his friends, many of them Zahran Alloush, former commander of the Army of Islam, before his assassination, as well as Wali Abu Atheer brother of Abu Muhammad al-Fateh, who seized Bab al-Hawa in 2012.
Abu Muhammad al-Shami is one of the former leaders of the Ahrar al-Sham Brigades and Front of Nasra Front Aleppo. He is known for his moderation in religious and political issues.
Abu Omar al-Libi, founder of the Battar battalion, which includes the most fierce foreign fighters, mostly Libyans, Tunisians and Algerians, as well as Europeans of Arab origin. This battalion later became the spearhead of the organization of the Islamic state in its battle with the West or
The Kurds.
Abu Omar is one of the seven foreign nationals who came to Bensh and Idlib with Abu Omar al-Shishani, the war minister of the Islamic state in early 2011, and other foreigners.
Presented by the Emir of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a special meeting attended by the leaders of the Organization
The military official of the organization in northern Syria in 2013.
Abu Jamil, the Qur'an teacher of combat groups.
Abu Ali Falis, a field commander associated with Abu Muhammad al-Shami, was a prisoner of the Syrian regime and was exchanged with the brother of the Syrian mufti Ahmed Hassoun.
Hanna Galoff, a Christian priest and official at the Franciscan monastery of the Franciscans, in the town of El Qaneh in Jisr al-Shughour, adjacent to the poetry.

Abu Ismail al-Iraqi, head of intelligence in the organization of the Islamic state in northern Syria, and a relative of the leader of the Islamic State Organization Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Abu Abdullah al-Kurdi, leader of the Kurdish Islamic Group for the Organization of the Islamic State.

Abu Tawfiq in 2016, the general prince of the movement of Nur al-Din Zanki Islamik and Sheikh Ali. In 2012 he was an emir in the Tawhid Brigade in Mahfouz Governorate
Abu Abd al-Rahman Turki, Emir of the Islamic Group of Tawheed.
OTHERS PERSONNES …

Places where they were shot
Lattakia Mountains and its countryside.
City of Fryka. Lattakia countryside.
Kun Town. Bridge of vacancies.
Adnan. Northern Aleppo countryside.
City of Aleppo.
Lines of communication between the controlled neighborhoods between the Syrian regime and rebel groups.
Proximity to the air faculty.
Salah Eddin neighborhood. Central Aleppo.
Visit the tomb of the city of Afrin and the road of Rigga.
City of Idlib
Idleb, mountains

Turkey Istanbul
Capital Capital
Libya

The shooting period between 2015 and late June, ie the month 06, until May 2016, the month 05, sporadically, and from September 2017 to December 2017 intermittently.
Where the summer, winter and autumn periods continued in the investigation about 3 years.