Road to Istanbul

Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb hopes his new film “Road to Istanbul” will help raise awareness of what it’s like for parents whose children leave to join Islamic State insurgents in Syria.

And to make it really hit home, Mr Bouchareb, 62, said he wanted the family shown in his film, which is screening in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival, to be from a non-Muslim background.

“I was very moved by the parents in Europe, the mothers, the fathers, who all of a sudden realised that their children have gone on journeys, whether toward Syria or Iraq,” Mr Bouchareb told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

“And that interested me, that human dimension of a father or a mother who is going to discover something that they could never have imagined.”

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