SXSW, which canceled the 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, presents the SXSW online. The event will take place across several platforms for a dynamic viewing experience from March 16-20. SXSW features a high caliber and diverse film lineup, programming ranges from independent films by new filmmakers to series and genre standouts.
Documentary feature film The Return, Life after ISIS, by Alba Sotorra (Alba Sotorra, Televisió de Catalunya, Sky) has been selected for the Documentary Feature Competition section,. THhe program premieres eight real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and bold voices.
Alba Sotorra's film presents Shamima Begum (UK) and Hoda Muthana (US) two of the women who filled international headlines when, as teenagers, they left their home countries to join ISIS. Now, after the fall of ISIS, they are trapped in detention camps in Northern Syria with thousands of other women and children. The stories of their struggle to return to the West and the public debate they sparked are intertwined with their harrowing, emotive accounts of the horrors experienced under ISIS. A story about a very hot topic that addresses an open debate in the West from an exclusive, intimate, and unprecedented perspective: that of the western former ISIS brides.
The film is having its world premiere at the festival.