Extreme Dialogue

Extreme Dialogue third film launched

July 2, 2016 | Nick Taylor

Extreme Dialogue

New Extreme Dialogue education resource is now available

Extreme Dialogue is a project funded by Public Safety Canada that aims to reduce the appeal of extremism among young people and offer a positive alternative to the increasing amounts of extremist material and propaganda available on the Internet and social media.

Extreme Dialogue is developed by a consortium of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and the film production company, Duckrabbit.

The project was launched across Canada in February 2015, it consists of a series of short documentary films that tell the personal stories of Canadians profoundly affected by violent extremism; a former member of the extreme far-right and a mother whose son was killed fighting for ISIS in Syria.

The films are accompanied by a set of educational resources that can be used with young people in classrooms or community settings and are intended to build resilience to extremism through active discussion and enhanced critical thinking.  Materials include presentations and resource packs and are available in both English and French.

A third film, with accompanying educational resources, is now available featuring Fowzia Duale Virtue, a youth outreach worker from Toronto, Canada.

Fowzia was born in Somalia, and after fleeing civil war moved with her mother to Canada to be reunited with her family. She has worked as a Provincial Youth Outreach Worker for a number of years and is now the lead case worker in a Gang Prevention and Intervention Project at Midaynta Community Services.

In the films, Fowzia describes how she learnt to balance and embrace the identity of her Somali heritage with her experience of being raised in Canada.  She sets out the importance of constructing positive narratives for young people to engage with in order to steer them away from radicalisation and talks about how her experiences of being raised in a Somali community in Toronto is now used to support young people who are growing up in the same community.

The education resources enable teachers and professionals to use the materials and films to help young people develop resilience to extremism.

The consortium will launch Extreme Dialogue in the United Kingdom in July 2016 and will introduce to Europe in autumn 2016.  Funding has been provided for additional films and educational resources by the European Commission and additional support from project partners the West London Initiative in the UK, Cultures Interactive in Germany and Political Capital in Hungary.

Watch the new film here: Fowzia Duale Virtue

You can view the presentation here Prezi

Download the Resource Pack