Childhood is supposed to be a special time in a person’s life. A time to grow and play, to explore and learn about the world. All children deserve a peaceful upbringing and the opportunity to pursue a meaningful life.
But today, Islamist states and organizations are systematically indoctrinating the next generation of kids to embrace violence and hatred.
These children cannot help but internalize these values and become filled with hate. At worst, they commit acts of terror.
This radicalization is also happening at home, in the West. Islamists are using new methods to reach a broader audience and lure Western teenagers to buy into their poisonous ideology.
Jihad Generation is a powerful new film that takes an unflinching look at the brutal exploitation of youth by extremists worldwide. The documentary features compelling personal stories of children, who are actively influenced by extremists, and their families, and showcases activists and experts who confront this growing global threat.
Christianne Boudreau is a Canadian mother who was personally affected by the impact of the violent radicalization process; her son, Damian, was killed while fighting for ISIS. She now coordinates the Mothers for Life network, which brings together mothers of radicalized jihadis to support one another and combat radicalization.
British woman named Tania Joya, a former extremist who is now working in deradicalization. Tania Joya's ex-husband was radicalized as a teenager in Texas and is currently active in ISIS. Tania Joya and her four children live in Texas. Tania used to want her children to grow up to be jihadists, and now embraces human rights and Western values.
Nicola Benyahia is a British woman who founded Families for Life, a nonprofit organization focused on deradicalization and support for families of young extremists. When Nicola's son, Rasheed, unexpectedly joined ISIS, she found Christianne and they started both a professional collaboration and personal friendship
Shoshana Palatnik - Producer
Shoshana is a film producer and director. Palatnik was a researcher for the award-winning film Honor Diaries. Palatnik has developed long-term relationships with people who were personally affected by radicalization, including jihadists and former extremists. Shoshana has a master’s degree in Communication and Culture from York University in Canada.
Wayne Kopping - Director
Wayne is best known for his film and television work in South Africa, including an award-winning short documentary about Nelson Mandela. Kopping was previously the director, editor and co-writer of Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West and the director and editor of The Third Jihad, a documentary about the rise of radical Islam within the United States.
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