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.
Director / Producer
Jonathan Hacker is a documentary producer and director with numerous awards under his belt including the prestigious BAFTA and RTS awards. He read Modern History at Oxford University and then studied on a Rotary Scholarship at USC film school in Los Angeles. He started working in television drama before focusing on documentaries. His diverse documentary work ranges from high-profile international history series such as Secret Agent and Timewatch for the BBC, to hard-hitting current affairs programs such as Britain’s First Suicide Bombers which also tackled the subject of Al Qaeda.
Mark Boal has written the screenplays for and produced the motion pictures The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and Detroit, a trilogy of collaborations with director Kathyrn Bigelow. Boal won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and for producing Best Picture Winner The Hurt Locker, and was again nominated for the Original Screenplay of Zero Dark Thirty. He won the Best Original Screenplay award for both from the Writers Guild of America. Boal heads the writer-focused LA and NY-based film and television development and production company Page 1 in partnership with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. Page 1 combines journalism and entertainment in a unique model unifying reportage with the film and television development process. Boal’s upcoming projects include the action feature Triple Frontier set for release via Netflix in 2019.
Abdulrahman Alrashed was the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. An internationally acclaimed journalist, he was also editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Alrashed’s articles have garnered worldwide recognition, and he successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today, working to ‘to cure Arab television of its penchant for radical politics and violence’.
Adel Alabdulkarim has been the executive producer of a wide range of documentaries, commercials, advertising campaigns, and news features both in the Middle East and the UK. His clients have included BBC TV, PBS, APTN, the New York Times and the government of Saudi Arabia. He set up and managed the first privately owned news agency in the Kingdom and went on to manage OR Madarat, the country’s leading independent TV production company.
Peter Haddon is an award-winning video editor specialising in feature length documentary. He has a passion for telling extraordinary stories about extraordinary people. He has won RTS awards for his editing on Marathon Boy (also nominated for an Emmy and a Grierson Award) and A State of Mind (also won RTS for Best Feature Documentary) as well as a BAFTA nomination for editing on The Battle for Haiti, which won a BAFTA for director Dan Reed. His work also includes Grierson Award winning feature documentary Fire in Babylon, the BAFTA winning documentary TV series Our War: The Lost Platoon, and Grierson Award nominated Children of the Tsunami.
Chad Hobson is a classically trained composer. He began his career in pop music working with bands as diverse as Snoop Dogg, Massive Attack, Finley Quaye, Take That and Des’ree. In 2008 Chad completed the score for the hit film Adulthood, sequel to the highly acclaimed British independent film Kidulthood, where he merged film music with underground hip hop and grime. Chad’s musical diversity can be heard in films such as Ninja Assassin, Stardust, Hannibal Rising, Strength and Honour and Battle of Haditha. He also composed the music for the BAFTA award winning BBC1 series Fight for Life, along with many documentaries and dramas for Ch4 and the BBC. He also composed the music for Telstar, a play about legendary record producer Joe Meek.
Stevie Haywood has been working with sound for picture since 1995, primarily as a sound recordist, but also in sound for post-production. He has worked on a diverse range of features, dramas, documentaries and commercials for both film and television. He won the 2012 BIFA and an ALFS 2013 nomination for sound on Berberian Sound Studio.