A documentary in the service of local communities to prevent violent extremism

Vilma Venkovska Milchev, president of CZO

The Center for Common Ground (CZO) in cooperation with the National Committee for the Prevention of Violent Extremism and Combating Terrorism organized a premiere screening of the documentary film "Broken Chains: Return after ISIS" on March 12 at the "Holiday Inn" hotel in Skopje.

The film is based on the true stories of two women and their children who returned from Syria and Iraq, going through tough challenges of endurance and determination. With the help of the state, they returned to their homeland and were successfully reintegrated into their local communities.

Vilma Venkovska Milchev, president of CZO, and Zlatko Apostoloski, National Coordinator for the Prevention of Violent Extremism and Combating Terrorism, gave introductory words about the project and the screening of the documentary film.

The film was made as part of the "Building Resilient and Inclusive Communities" project, funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF).

The main goal of the project is to build resilient local communities against violent extremism and radicalization, through capacity building and support of communities and vulnerable groups in the process of prevention/combat against violent extremism, as well as reintegration and rehabilitation of returnees and their families.

In order to protect the identity of the real protagonists, actresses play in the film. The director of the film is Sibel Abdiu, and it was realized by "Machine Production".

(The text was published in "Cultural Press" number 222, in the printed edition of the newspaper "Sloboden Pechat" on 16-17.3.2024)

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