Also Known as Jihadi

Also Known as Jihadi

Také známý jako džihádista

  • Eric Baudelaire
  • France
  • 2017, 101 min
Photography: Claire Mathon, Alan Guichaoua
Editing: Claire Atherton
Sound: Oguz Kaynak, Maxence Dussere, Nicolas Becker, Philippe Welsh
Producer, Co-producer: Olivier Marboeuf (Spectre), Eric Baudelaire (Eric Baudelaire), Alexandra Delage
Color: Colour
Language: French

This conceptual documentary, inspired by Masao Adachi’s famous 1969 film Ryakushô renzoku shasatsuma (A.K.A. Serial Killer), is based on landscape theory, whose proponents strive to capture in art the environmental influences that help to form ones’ personality, and the effect that specific locations have on an individual’s life. The film’s director uses this approach to dissect the path followed by a young Frenchman of Algerian descent from his native country to Syria and back again – a path from a secure social position to radicalism and ruin. Without even once showing us the protagonist, he builds an overall picture of him using a series of shots consisting of streets, beaches, buildings, and text from written records made during investigations and interrogations.

„Fûkei means landscape in Japanese. Fûkeiron is a proposition: turn the camera 180 degrees to film not the subject of the film, but rather the landscapes that he has seen.” E. Baudelaire


Eric Baudelaire (1973) was born in Salt Lake City. He currently lives in Paris where, in addition to film, he devotes his time to photography and the visual arts. His feature film debut – The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years without Images (2011) – was dedicated to the members of the radical leftist group known as the Japanese Red Army. You may have seen one of his other films, Letters to Max (2014), at the Ji.hlava IDFF.

Photo Gallery

PHANTOM / Isabel Loyer / 6 Villa St Fargeau / Paris / France / +33 1 80 06 08 34 / /
Festival edition: 2017
Sections: Opus Bonum
Premiere Type: East European Premiere
Exhibition format: DCP
Subtitle languages: English
Simultaneous interpreting: CZ
25.10.2017Dukla Reform 20:00


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