‘IMAN’ Movie: When faith is at the crossroads
May 2nd, 2017, Khartoum: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Sudan National Commission for Counter Terrorism (SNCCT) have officially presented the movie ‘IMAN’ amidst prominent presence from high level Government officials, diplomatic corps, UN agencies and media. The premiere event of the production is part of the Partnering Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) Programme.
Based on real events, the film ‘IMAN’ presents four intimate stories of the path towards violent extremism and puts a human face to the issue. The aim of this production is to convey an unified impactful message on the understanding of radicalization and its negative affiliation with possible reasons for joining violent extremism. The production targets youth and citizens who have potential to be affiliated with the violent extremism groups and will be screened around Sudan and uploaded through social media channels. The aim of the film is not limited to sensitization but is expected to spread the call for dialogue, at Sudan level and also support regional and global initiatives of UNDP on this subject. The screening took place in Algunied Cultural Centre in Khartoum lit by candles for the occasion. UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Aswat Elmadina inaugurated the evening with their author song for the movie.
Prior to the screening, UNDP Country Director Dr. Selva Ramachandran and General Dr. Mohamad Jamal Al-Din Ahmed emphasized on the importance of the partnerships under the PAVE programme to address the growing threat of violent extremism in Sudan and the region.
Dr. Selva Ramachandran thanked the governments of Canada and Japan for their commitment and urged the International community to join their efforts.
The PAVE project was officially launched on March 9th, 2017andThe official report of the findings will be published in May, 2017. The research includes detailed findings and analysis based on nearly 300 interviews, pointing on personal motivations as well as drivers of radicalization towards violent extremism in different regions of Sudan. The study was undertaken in partnership with civil society, NGOs, women and youth organizations religious institutions, universities, and the international community.
‘IMAN’s official premiere was followed by a panel discussion, led by UNDP Deputy Country Director Mr. Abdel-Rahman Ghandour. The discussion covered the challenges in the production as well as the wide spread interest provoked by the trailer. “This is an excellent opportunity to promote this message of peace in the communities and beyond. The film is an excellent example to show the rest of the world.”
UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Marta Ruedas confirmed UNDP’s strong commitment to maximize PAVE efforts. Ms. Ruedas concluded her address by reaffirming the importance of dialogue and difference of opinion as a sign of a healthy society, the problem occurs when there is violence “Violence is what we want to stop. “We, in UNDP, we in UN, we want to provide alternatives. “
For more information about ‘IMAN’ and PAVE project please follow UNDP Sudan on social media and using #WatchIMAN and #PAVEproject.