On October 25th, 2017, the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, the Embassy of the Netherlands, and Holland on the Hill co-hosted a screening of the film Layla M., which was officially submitted by the Netherlands as its entry in the foreign-language film category of the upcoming Academy Awards. The critically acclaimed film depicts the ongoing radicalization of an 18-year-old Muslim woman in the Netherlands.
After the screening, the film's director Mijke de Jong discussed the film, its themes, and how they are relevant to modern debates about violent and non-violent extremism in the West. She was joined on the panel by Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism of the Netherlands and Humera Khan, the Executive Director of Muflehun, an independent non-profit organization working since 2010 against hate, extremism and violence. The discussion was moderated by the Program on Extremism's Director, Lorenzo Vidino.