Kids Chasing Paradise is a powerful new documentary film that follows the stories of activists working to save children from Islam
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, extremists are abusing children and teaching them hatred and violence.
Christianne, Tania, Nicola and Micah all suffered the heartbreaking loss of a family member due to extremism. Kids: Chasing Paradise follows their courageous journeys and their inspirational efforts in becoming champions of activism for children worldwide. The film explores the personal stories of ordinary people becoming extraordinary activists to save children from radicalization.
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.
Tania Joya is a former extremist now working in deradicalization out of Texas. Tania Joya’s ex-husband was radicalized as a teenager in Texas and was ISIS’ main propagandist in Syria. Originally British, Tania Joya and her four children live in Texas. Tania used to want her children to grow up to be jihadists. Now she 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
Mohammed Ali is a 14-year-old teenager in Iraq. He is being trained to be a member of a government-sanctioned paramilitary group, the PMF (Popular Mobilization Forces).
MICHAEL “YOUNNES” DELEFORTRIE
Michael “Younnes” Delefortrie is a Belgian jihadi and former ISIS fighter currently in jail in Belgium. We interviewed him days before he was incarcerated.
Dominique Bons is a French woman whose son joined ISIS and was killed in Syria. Dominique decided something had to be done and, in 2014, founded “Syrien ne bouge agissons” to start working on this issue and provide support to many families facing the same situation.
MOHAMMED SHEIKH EID
Mohammed Sheikh Eid is a 14-year-old boy in Gaza who attends an Islamist summer camp. We interviewed Mohammed, his parents and his trainers.
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