Exposing the dark side of the human soul, Path of Blood reveals Al Qaeda as you've never seen it before. Using a treasure trove of Al Qaeda home-movie footage captured by the security services, this haunting documentary film shows how brainwashed idealism and the youthful pursuit of adventure can descend into madness and carnage.
“I’ve never seen anything like it” -- Nick Cohen, The Observer
“Eye-opening” -- Zing Tsjeng, Dazed
“Horrifying and incredibly revealing. A film makes us question the nature of good and evil.” -- Stephen Fry, actor, writer, presenter
“Leaves you irrevocably changed” -- Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
“Gripping and terrifying” -- Kaleem Aftab, The Independent
“Incredible. An unprecedented insight into al Qaeda” -- Hannah Stuart, Henry Jackson Society
"It is one of the most powerful films in this genre." -- Maajid Nawaz, Founding Chairman, The Quilliam Foundation
"Another piece of the puzzle unfolds." -- Oliver Stone, Oscar-winning director, producer, and screenwriter
“Shocking and amazing. This is what it means to be confronting terrorism.” -- Aimen Dean, former MI6 agent, and former member of Al Qaeda
PATH OF BLOOD depicts Islamist terrorism, as it has never been seen before. Drawn from a hoard of jihadi home-movie footage that was captured by Saudi security services, this is the story of Muslim terrorists targeting Muslim civilians and brought to justice by Muslim security agents. It is a stark reminder that all who are touched by terrorism are victimized by it.
A powerful and sometimes shocking cinematic experience, PATH OF BLOOD reveals how brainwashed youths, fuelled by idealism and the misguided pursuit of adventure, can descend into madness and carnage. The raw, unvarnished footage, to which the filmmakers negotiated exclusive access, captures young thrill-seekers at a jihadi “boot camp” deep in the Saudi desert, having signed on to overthrow the Saudi government. They plot to detonate car bombs in downtown Riyadh, become embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse with government forces and, as their plans unravel, resort to ever more brutal tactics.
Adopting a strictly objective approach, the film doesn’t editorialize and contains no interviews or “talking heads” commentary. The home video footage was shot by the terrorists themselves, allowing viewers to see them in all their complexity, while compelling audiences to draw their own conclusions.