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Radicalisation - What is it, how does it occur, and how do we curb it?


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  • DIRECTOR Kaveh Karimi

  • PRODUCER Jack McGrath, James Der Derian & Omar Zreika



Since 2014, Australia has seen a significant shift in the the prevalence of terrorism and radicalisation. little cohesive information is known about this new, emerging and morphing phenomenon This leads to three simple questions; what is radicalisation, how does it occur and how can we better confront this emerging phenomenon. Radical is a documentary film which seeks to answer these questions by interviewing a never before convened panel of participants from academia, government, law enforcement, Muslim community leaders and persons formally charged with terrorism.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The last several years have seen a dramatic shift in the Australian terrorism landscape. Over 150 of our youth have left Australia to partake in hostilities overseas, coupled with unprecedented domestic terrorism attacks. Understanding the radicalisation phenomenon is the key to these events. Why have our young embarked on a journey leading to their almost certain death, while bringing harm to their families and the Australian community? What role does religion play? How do we make the shift from addressing symptoms, to finding a cure?


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Radical explores the causes of religiously motivated terrorism via a number of experts and through the eyes of previously charged and convicted terrorists. The film seeks to find a more effective response to the Australian radicalisation phenomenon.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Radical is a film geared to educate the Australian public, students and youth regarding radicalisation from those who have experienced the phenomenon firsthand, and faced its consequences. Second, Radical seeks to understand and unravel the fundamental causes of radicalisation, without bias or agenda. Third, the project aims to bridge the cultural divide and insensitivities caused by religiously motivated terrorism in Australia today. Finally, by exploring these issues, it will offer a more effective response to combating cotemporary terrorism in Australia, thereby potentially reducing the overall terrorism risk.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

The Radical Team will be seeking to engage an evaluation specialist to develop a ‘pre and post’ questionnaire targeted at university students, measuring their understanding of the central issues before and after watching the film. These will be measured against education outcomes for a quantitative measure of Radical’s educational impact in security and social studies.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

The trailer has been screened at Australian Federal Police (AFP) training sessions for frontline national terrorism investigators and analysts. Feedback on the educational value for counter terrorism officers (for more sensitive and effective approach to policing) has been canvassed and is planned to be discussed with the AFP Commissioner. The trailer has been presented to the AFP Deputy Commissioner and the head of the Counter Terrorism National Diversion Group for commentary on the overall potential impact of the film. Upon finalisation, the film will be screened to a number of government bodies including the AFP, to measure its impact. The filmmaking team will review how terrorism is policed. For example, data of arrests verses non-prosecutorial intervention will be reviewed after the film’s introduction to police.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We hope that the general public will better understand the issues raised in this film and the difficulties it causes so many cough by the net of radicalisation. The film will allow the general public to understand complex topic and how best they can contribute to reducing the phenomenon. Additionally, we believe it will aid policy makers and law enforcement officials to better understand, hence better combat radicalisation.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

- academic peer review project - will seek formal feedback
- plan to engage an evaluation specialist to develop a ‘pre and post’ questionnaire targeted at university students, measuring their understanding of the central issues before and after watching the film
- discussions with government bodies including the Australian Federal Police
- The team has collaborated with Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre at the University of Sydney which has accepted Radical as an academic peer review project. The film’s concept and trailer (including long trailer) will be presented at ‘Global Media’ postgraduate students at the Centre for International Security Studies and Department of Media and Communications. Moreover, master classes, panel discussions and a director’s talk are planned at these events
Radical has been pitched to Think Inc. and has received the organisation’s support. It is envisaged that collaboration will take place to review the film by experts