The Believers Are But Brothers at Arts House
About The Believers Are But Brothers
A recipe for the end of the world: take men, politics and the internet. Stir gently.
Extremism looks different in the social media age. For the alt-right and ISIS, image is everything, and the videos that seek to provoke impressionable viewers to violent acts owe their visual aesthetic more to Game of Thrones and Call of Duty than anything else. Susceptible young minds are lured into harmless forums by dark humour and dank memes, but quickly find themselves in a dangerous moral freefall.
In 2016 UK writer and director Javaad Alipoor began a journey into this dizzying maze of digital extremism. From young Muslims who run ISIS-supporting social media accounts to young men active with the online alt-right, he soon found himself immersed in an environment of online and real world extremism. Equal parts intrigued and horrified, he delved even deeper into an electronic labyrinth of terrorists, neo-fascists, and fantasists.
This show takes you into that world, shining a light on places that are only ever just two clicks away from the sites you visit every day.
★★★★★ "phenomenally complex... one of the most fascinating shows I have seen in an age” Financial Times
Auslan interpreted performance: Thu 23 May