One mother's journey to try and rescue her teenage daughter who has run away to join Islamic State in Syria gets put on the big screen in Berlin. Rollo Ross reports.
The Berlin film festival is known for showing political and social commentary movies. This year, one of the films showing a different side to a recurring news story is Rachid Bouchareb's 'Road to Istanbul' about a mother's journey to try and rescue her daughter who has joined Islamic State and gone to Syria. SOUNDBITE, director, Rachid Bouchareb, saying (French): "At the time, about two years ago, the parents, the mothers, like the relatives of those people, were completely deprived, with no-one to help them, no-one to listen to them. I remember they tried to organise press conferences, they tried to get together so that people would listened to them. And so I said to myself: 'I'm going to make a film that captures that idea. . SOUNDBITE, director, Rachid Bouchareb, saying (French): "I made up this story. I can't say this girl exists, from the beginning to the end, you know what I mean? It's snippets of situations but what often comes out of them…Well, unfortunately, the situations are that mothers and fathers receive messages which say that their children are dead." 'Road to Istanbul' was screening at the Berlin film festival in the sidebar selection, Panorama.