Patricio Galvez

CHILDREN OF THE ENEMY

DOCUMENTARY 2020

Patricio Galvez's daughter Amanda Gonzales converted to Islam as an 18-year-old. With time, she was radicalized and in 2014 she moved to Syria with her husband Michael Skråmo to join the terrorist group ISIS. Skråmo became a high profile ISIS-warrior recruiting for the terrorist group through social media. The couple brought their four small children with them to Raqqa, and had three more children down there.

Both Skråmo and Amanda were killed in the beginning of 2019 in the final battles. They left behind seven children aged 1-8 years old. The children were taken to the al-Hol detention camp in northern Syria, which is largely populated by women and children who surrendered after IS was defeated. With its 70.000 inhabitants, of which many are children, it vibrates with desperation and sorrow. The conditions are life-threatening. Four to five children die every day. The Swedish government has for a couple of years known that Swedish children are stuck in Kurdish camps, but not acted. 

At home in Gothenburg, Sweden, the children's grandfather Patricio Galvez is becoming increasingly desperate. His repeated attempts to persuade his daughter to leave the war zone in Syria failed. Now both she and Michael Skråmo are dead and the children are in a refugee camp under terrible circumstances. He decides to go down to Erbil in northern Iraq to continue his fight for bringing the children home.


Gorki Glaser-Müller joined Patricio on his journey and filmed what is becoming a documentary with premiere in early 2020. Gorki and Patricio stays in the same hotel room and Gorki follows every step Patricio takes. He follows all the uncertainty, all the pressure, the bureaucracy, the big politics, all the frustration, guilt and panic- everything that Patricio experiences that one does not see in the media. As a friend, Gorki also has an in-depth access to the story of how Patricio's daughter converted and how it affected the family. This is a journey of a father who lost his daughter, and his way to redemption. 

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