Wednesday 27 June / 7pm / The Box / FREE, booking required
Looking to investigate the recruitment techniques used by ISIS to lure women into Syria as Jihadi brides, Amy Whittaker, a freelance journalist, creates a fake Facebook profile of a Muslim convert. When an ISIS recruiter contacts her online character, Amy comes across an opportunity to experience the process first hand. But with every passing call, the border dissolves between her real and online lives. While the Facebook character plays a love game, real Amy begins to experience Stockholm Syndrome, putting herself in danger. Based on the best-selling memoir, In the Skin of the Jihadist, by French journalist Anna Erelle, the action unfolds entirely within the bounds of Amy's computer screen.
About the film
Over the last 15 years, human relations have migrated and morphed onto digital interfaces of all forms. From video chatting to texting, to sexting, our modes of living and loving have become inseparable from different types of screens – computers, phones, tablets. And if our stories hope to stay true, they must evolve as well. This was the reason why Timur Bekmambetov’s company, Bazelevs has started producing Screenlife films; where the entire action unfolds on the screen of the main character’s device.
After the screening of Profile at FACT, Timur will talk about the new storytelling production, and answer questions from the audience. The film won Audience Awards of the Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama Programe) and South by South-West Film Festival.
Profile, as well as other Screenlife movies, was produced via a Screenlife Tech, developed by Bazelevs. The software allows capturing the device’s screen not only for purposes of filmmaking, but also advertising, digital marketing, education, etc.
Profile is being screened as part of the 2018 International Business Festival, running from 12-28 June in Liverpool.