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Tareena: Return from ISIS

  • Episode:

    1 of 1

  • Transmission (TX):

    Sun 14 Nov 2021

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    10.20pm - 11.35pm

  • Week:

    Week 46 2021 : Sat 13 Nov - Fri 19 Nov

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  • Published:

    Thu 04 Nov 2021

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Tareena: Return from ISIS

This new film in ITV’s Bafta-winning Exposure strand focuses on the first British ISIS returnee to tell her story, Tareena Shakil, who hit the headlines when she took her toddler son to Syria.

Filmed over three years by filmmaker Abigail Carr, this documentary is Tareena's extraordinary account of her journey to ISIS held territory, why she travelled there, and how she escaped. She then became the first British woman to return from Syria and be prosecuted for joining ISIS.

In her first media interview since returning, this programme explores how a mother could take her one-year-old son and leave her family and her life in England, to travel to Syria and join ISIS. Tareena is at pains to prove that she is not a danger to society and that she is not a threat.

Abigail followed Tareena from the day she was released from prison under licence until the end of her sentence. During that time she had unprecedented access to Tareena and built a relationship with her that allowed her to ask questions that have never been asked before of an ISIS returnee.

Tareena explains what happened to her and reflects on who she was, while the film captures in detail her ‘radicalisation journey’, the process of her grooming at the hands of her recruiter, her knowledge of the extreme violence of ISIS and her decision to go anyway. Tareena also relates what her experiences were like in Syria, focusing on the house she stayed in, the women she met and ultimately the method of her escape.

This is an Uplands TV/ACL production for ITV