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My Brother The Jihadist

Airs Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Filmmaker Robb Leech' final interview with Salahuddin before his flight to Me...

Credit: Courtesy of James Appleton/© Grace Productions 2011

Above: Filmmaker Robb Leech' final interview with Salahuddin before his flight to Mecca, Heathrow Airport.

Filmmaker Robb Leech sets out to discover why his step-brother, Rich, a white middle-class man from Dorset became a radical Islamist.

Photo credit: Courtesy of James Appleton/© Grace Productions 2011

Salahuddin, aka Richard, Robb Leech's step brother.

Photo credit: Courtesy of James Appleton/© Grace Productions 2011

A tense moment for filmmaker Robb Leech with his step brother Richard aka Salahuddin.

Robb first heard of his brother’s conversion in a national newspaper in the summer of 2009. The article said Rich had converted under Anjem Choudary, leader of the radical Muslim group Islam4UK, which was later banned under Britain's anti-terror laws.

In a film that took over twelve months to shoot, Robb sets out to reconnect with his extremist stepbrother and find clues to what led Rich to become Salahuddin.

It charts the brothers' relationship and Robb's attempt to understand why the person he'd once looked up to as a role model could so strongly reject all that his family and the Western world believe in.

As Robb spends time with Salahuddin, he witnesses a very particular phenomenon - the embrace of radical Islamism by young men, many of them white.

Read Robb's blog about the program.

"My Brother The Islamist" (UK Title of this film) is on Facebook, and you can follow @myislamistbro on Twitter. Follow @RobbLeech on Twitter.

Grace Productions for BBC

My Brother The Jihadist

Tree surgeon turned filmmaker Robb Leech is an ordinary white middle-class boy from the Dorset seaside town of Weymouth. So too is his step-brother Rich. But a little over a year ago, Rich became a radical Islamist, who now goes by the name of Salahuddin. He associates with jihadist fundamentalists and believes the UK should be ruled by Sharia law. Filmed over 12 months, Robb sets out to reconnect with his extremist step-brother; to find clues to what led Rich to become Salahuddin. Robb talks about his relationship with Rich as they were growing up, including home footage. Through the brothers' story, the viewer is taken into a previously unseen world of radical Islamists, living in Britain. Read Robb's blog about the program.

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