This article was previously published at POV Magazine, Canada’s destination for documentary culture.
I think Meg Smaker approached the unfortunately-titled Jihad Rehab with good intentions. I really do. However, the shrewdest move a filmmaker can sometimes make is to step back from a project. Jihad Rehab could have benefited from more experience, both professional and lived, for its tough questions. Alternatively, a co-director or simply another director might have yielded the right approach. Smaker, a former firefighter turned filmmaker, draws upon a period of her life spent in the Middle . . .
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