Balkan Dox

The Return: Life After ISIS

Spain, United Kingdom
2021 — 90 min / Colour



A unique access portrait of a group of Western women who devoted their young lives to ISIS, but who now want to be given the chance to start over back home in the West. Among them, probably the most famous British recruit Shamima Begum, who fled the country when she was 15, and Hoda Muthana from the USA who allegedly incited her followers on Twitter to support the Islamic State. Universally reviled by the media, these women now tell their stories for the very first time.

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Directors' Biography

Alba Sotorra Clua is an independent filmmaker and producer, the founder of the Barcelona-based production company Alba Sotorra S.L. Alba has worked in Syria, Afghanistan, Korea, Bosnia, Cuba, the US, Guatemala, England, Iran, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, and Qatar, and has lived long periods in the Middle East. Her films have premiered at such international festivals as HotDocs, Shanghai International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary, and Seminci. Her projects include documentary feature film GAME OVER (2015), which received the VIII Gaudí Award from the Catalan Film Academy and COMANDANTE ARIAN (2018), nominated for the Gaudí Awards for Best Documentary in 2019.

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Alba Sotorra Clua


Alba Sotorra Clua

Vesna Cudic

Carles Torras


Lara Vilanova

Gris Jordana

Núria Roldós


Michael Nollet

Xavier Carrasco


Jordi Ribas

Screenings & Awards

Hot Docs, Canada, 2021

SXSW , United States, 2021

Sheffield Doc/Fest, United Kingdom, 2021

Cleveland IFF, United States, 2021