The Gutenberg Film Festival include the documentary “Children of Camp Ashraf”. This documentary, directed by Sara Moin, covers the case of former child soldiers of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and the children whom this organization separated from their families and sent to other countries, including Sweden.
The documentary about the children of Camp Ashraf will be played on January 31, 2024 in Swedish with English subtitles. In the Gutenberg Film Festival website, the film is introduced in the following words:
As children, they were taken from their parents and sent to Sweden with the aim of one day returning as warriors to overthrow the current regime in Iran.
In the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian revolution, the militant organization People’s Mojahedin (MEK) left their homeland, allied with Saddam Hussein, and settled in Iraq. Here, based on collectivist ideas, they established a large camp, Camp Ashraf. The organization became increasingly tied to its leaders, and in the early 1990s, it was decided that hundreds of children in the camp would be raised by sympathizers abroad. Amir, Parwin, Hanif, and Atefeh are some of those who ended up in Sweden, and in Sara Moein’s deeply engaging documentary, they narrate their experiences to a rich archive of materials. They also try to reconnect with the organization and their parents, who are now in Albania.