Wilhelm Behrman on ‘Caliphate,’ Luring Audiences, Why Scandinavian TV Is Turning to Terrorism

  • Variety
Wilhelm Behrman on ‘Caliphate,’ Luring Audiences, Why Scandinavian TV Is Turning to Terrorism
Swedish series “Caliphate” begins in Syria with Pervin and other women being corralled into a square. A man is dragged to a table, his arm then stretched across it; the women are told to look away. Then a man standing beside the table produces a meat cleaver, raises it, and chops off the man’s lower arm.

A thriller building up to a terrorist attack in Sweden, the series turns in part on Pervin but also on The Traveller, a charming students’ assistant in Sweden, who recruits a team there with backup from Is in Syria, including two students, 15-year-old Sulle and friend Kerima.

Married to Raqqa-based Is member Hasum, a Muslim Swede, Pervin gets wind of the attack, is told by ambitious Swedish Intelligence Service agent Fatima that she needs to find out more about in return for a safe passage out of Syria. As she desperately attempts to do so,
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