Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight ISIS

2019

Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight ISIS

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight ISIS

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  • Some parents dread having an unhappy child; others fear having a lazy or selfish one. Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight Isis showed the unique peril of having the child who is brave and principled.

    Jul 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The British, we always say, button up our emotions. But there's no need for tears and howling to express the deepest sorrow, as Anna: The Woman Who Went To Fight Isis reminded us.

    Jul 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It was complex because it is complex, and though this historical primer undoubtedly slowed the pace, it also provided some much needed relief.

    Jul 5, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Meeting the warm-hearted Kurdish people and roaming a cemetery with thousands of war graves allows Dirk [Campbell] to put his daughter's death into a wider perspective.

    Jun 28, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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