Jihad: A Story of Others
- December 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the
- Mir Centre for Peace, Castlegar Campus
The world has watched aghast as thousands of young men and women abandon comfortable lives in the West to join the barbaric ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Girls and boys have gone rapidly from being apparently well-adjusted school kids, to enthusiastically joining the ranks of Kalashnikov-wielding religious warriors and burkah-clad “jihadi brides." It feels like a new and frightening phenomenon, one which has left many feeling bewildered and revulsed.
But as this new documentary film by Emmy Award winning director Deeyah Khan shows, Westerners embracing jihad and death is nothing new. For three generations now, young people across Europe have fallen prey to extremist groups and fought, killed and died with mujahideen movements from Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Kashmir, to Chechnya and Burma. In this film, Deeyah, who has herself faced threats from extremist fundamentalists in the past, sets out to find out why the jihadi message has such an alluring hold on young Westerners. Learn more about the film.
Free admission! There will be fresh squeezed apple juice, tea and popcorn by donation. Film screening and discussion to follow.
Contact Leah Lychowyd for more information.
White Right: Meeting the Enemy screened November 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mir Centre for Peace.
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