Back from the Brink is a documentary about the efforts of three dissimilar communities around the world in combating violent extremism. The film explores the complex world of Los Angeles gang members, Lebanese and Palestinian militias, and Pakistani militants dating from the 1970s to present day. It also spotlights community leaders, religious leaders and educators who are facilitating the rehabilitation of radicalized youth.
The film aims to demonstrate that violent extremism and its recruitment methodology and orthodoxy of hate do not pertain to a specific culture, religion, region or nation-state, and that effective methods used to help youth out of the cycle of violence are the same everywhere.
Production took place between October 2010 and May 2011 in Los Angeles, Lebanon, and throughout Pakistan, including the Northwest Frontier Province. This educational documentary will be used as a teaching tool for educators and parents in programs to counter violent extremism in diverse cultural contexts and for various ages.
In Saudi Arabia, the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue as well as the Security University of Riyadh plan to use the DVD as an educational tool for their de-radicalization programs. In Pakistan, the Sindh Punjab Educational Foundation will use Back from the Brink for their teacher training workshops in interior Punjab and Baluchistan.
Back from the Brink is an International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) production in association with Layalina Productions.
Leon Shahabian, Layalina's Vice President, is the documentary's Executive Producer along with Luke Stets, who also directed the film.