(Washington, D.C.) – Homegrown radicalization is the main subject of the Dutch film “Layla M” that will be screened on October 25, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The critically acclaimed film depicts an 18-year-old Muslim woman in the Netherlands as she struggles with sentiments that will lead to her radicalization. The film is the Dutch submission for this year’s Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category. It was produced by Dutch film company Eye.


After the screening, a panel will discuss the film, its themes, and how they are relevant to modern debates on radicalization and violent extremism. The discussion will be moderated by Lorenzo Vidino, director of the Program on Extremism. Film director Mijke de Jong will take part in the discussion as well as Humera Khan, director of the nonprofit organization Muflehun, which has been working against hate, extremism and violence since 2010.

This event is by invitation only.

Reporters who wish to attend the screening and the debate should reach out to Carla Bundy, cy.bundy@minbuza.nl, (202)-274-2632 or Ron Linker, Ronald.Linker@minbuza.nl, (202)-725-9743 of the Netherlands Embassy. Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017.