This project aims to produce 21 short-films striving to capture how different people are affected by the rise of right-wing extremism and Islamic fundamentalism in Europe.
The radicalization of youth in Europe towards neo-Nazism and Islamic fundamentalism is a real threat to our democracies. The attacks against cities around the world during 2015-2017 by Islamic fundamentalists have escalated. In April 2017 four people lost their lives in a terrorist attack in Stockholm.
Young people, regardless of whether considering joining this kind of organizations or not, are facing propaganda from extremist organizations that is inventive, intense and creative. Both sides of the spectrum appeal to the quest of identity and the view of a utopian world. They also provide a group identity among youth that have a problem seeing themselves as a part of democratic societies.
The purpose of the project is to create further understanding of how we can counter-act recruitment of extremists, humanize victims and particularly those who are children, as well as emphasize the important work that role models against extremism are doing on a daily basis.
We will also create a call-to-action campaign to engage youth in describing how we can live in a safer and better Europe for all. Eurotopia is funded by the Civil Society Empowerment (CSEP) Programme, Internal Security Fund: Police Action Grant. We are partnering with Duck Motion in Brussels, Belgium and Zebra X Pictures in Rome, Italy.
The initiator of the project was Cecilia Gärding. She realized that those among us who are already involved against extremism have a role to play to learn from each other. Within the framework of the Eurotopia-project, we seek to teach inexperienced artists who wish to get involved in the struggle against extremism in the use of short-films to highlight the individual stories.
We at Muzicadelic Entertainment are also creating a social media campaign together with our partners. The purpose of this campaign is engaging youth in the dialogue. Society at large is currently not tapping into the great potential which lies hidden in youth in a sufficient way. The European youth is on one hand bombarded with extremist propaganda and on the other hand lack platforms where they express themselves on the topic of how to deal with extremist propaganda. It is time to act now to stop further recruitment of youth into extremist organizations. We at do not have the entire answer but we do play a part. As role models within the cultural field, young people look at what we do, say and stand for.
Let us lead the way!
Check our website www.eurotopia-project.com