Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

"Layla M."
Wed, 25 October, 2017 9:30pm - 11:30pm


On October 25, 2017, the Program on Extremism at The 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 discussed the film, its themes, and how they are relevant to modern debates about violent and non-violent extremism in the West. The Program on Extremism's Director Lorenzo Vidino moderated the subsequent panel discussion which featured commentary from:

  • Mijke de Jong, the film's director
  • Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism of the Netherlands
  • Humera Khan, the Executive Director of Muflehun, an independent non-profit organization working since 2010 against hate, extremism, and violence

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