My Son the Jihadi - Oct 2015

My Son the Jihadi - Screening and Q&A

Event Report

In 2011, Sally Evans made a devastating discovery - her eldest son, Thomas aged just 21, had left their home in a Buckinghamshire village and travelled to Somalia to join a deadly Islamist terrorist group. Thomas had been recruited to Al Shabaab - an Al Qaeda affiliate, it is the jihadi group behind multiple atrocities in Kenya, including the Westgate shopping attack in which nearly 70 people were killed and 175 injured. 

This powerful film documents the daily struggle Sally and her youngest son Micheal face,  as they try to reconcile the Thomas they knew - a loving mild-mannered ‘normal teenage lad’ with Abdul Hakim, the jihadi-preaching Islamist he has become. 

We brought together Producer/Director Peter Beard, Producer Richard KerbajSally and Michael Evans and Channel 4 News and Current Affairs Commissioning Editor Siobhan SInnerton to discuss the making of film.

You can listen to an audio recording of the event on the RSA's website here.

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My Son the Jihadi

Q&A following screening of My Son the Jihadi, introduced by Amy Flanagan, deputy head of Channel 4 Documentaries, and featuring Producer/Director Peter Beard, Producer Richard Kerbaj, Sally and Michael Evans and Channel 4 News and Current Affairs Commissioning Editor Siobhan SInnerton.

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Aadarsh @aadarshshetty89 • Mar 26

#mysonthejihadi I wonder how could someone deceive his own mother.. she loved him insanely.. all tears was I ....

Prince Kariuki @PrinceKariuki • Mar 21

RT @KateBWrites: Highly recommend #MySonTheJihadi on Netflix. Amazingly brave family. Terribly sad story of a son and brother, brainwashed…

Prince Kariuki @PrinceKariuki • Mar 21

#RealStories I watched a documentary today #MySonTheJihadi I was shocked by how radicalization can cause someone 2 take a ruinous path