When reconciliation seems impossible

Irene ueland and Azdyn Amimour

Film premiere and dialogue with two fathers and a mother who have lost their children in terror on two sides of a conflict. What can we learn from their attempts at reconciliation?

Time: 30 Mar 2023 15:00 - 17:00 CEST
Place: Klingenberg Cinema, hall 1

On March 30, 2023, we hosted a powerful conversation among survivors of terrorist attacks under the title "when reconciliation seems impossible." Watch the recording of the discussion further down the page.


Photo: screenshots from “Finding Aicha”, director: Myriam Francois
Photo: screenshots from “Finding Aicha”, director: Myriam Francois

A grandfather in Paris searches for the grandchild he has never met, while trying to understand how his son, Sami Amimour, could become a notorious IS terrorist.

Lola Salines was 28 years old when she was shot and killed in the Bataclan terror attack in Paris. 28-year-old Samy Amimour was one of the shooters. Three years later, 28-year-old Maren Ueland is beheaded by IS sympathizers on holiday in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Together, the fathers of Lola and Samy and Maren's mother have tried to find a way forward through reconciliation and restoration.

Irene Ueland
Photo: Alvegard Verksted & Galleri

The French/Muslim independent journalist and documentary filmmaker Myriam Francois has been following Samy Amimour's father for three years and is currently working on the film "Finding Aicha", which has been nominated for best documentary in "Cannes Shorts". The film is an MPWR production for CBC and the BBC.

After the screening, we got to meet the two fathers who both took part in the film, in conversation with filmmaker Myriam Francois. The Norwegian mother, who experienced having her daughter brutally murdered in Islamist terror, and an expert on the subject also took part in the panel.


The Nobel Peace Center would like to thank our partners who help support the focus on dialogue: Hydro, Reitan Retail, Stiftelsen Flux and Microsoft.