Dugma - The Button

Paul Refsdal, 58 min, Norway.

Qaswara shows us around his heavily armoured suicide truck, pointing to an innocuous little red button in the dashboard: Dugma. "Dugma is the button you push when you reach the enemy", he says with a smile and a click of his fingers. "You release the safety and push the button, and you are in paradise”. Dugma is an intimate portrait of a group of very different suicide bombers  working for Al Qaeda in Syria. From the Saudi who loves singing and fried chicken, to a 26-year-old white British convert who worries a lot about his new wife. This remarkable film embeds with an unlikely bunch  of "martyrdom seekers", each waiting for their turn to go on a final mission, known by Jihadis as Dugma. In scenes of contemplative beauty and intimacy, this profound documentary lays bare the faith and doubt at the core of men who become suicide bombers.