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The word "jihad" isn't usually associated with comedy. Yet that's exactly what a play bearing that name promises — laughs. The play will be presented Sunday at the start of a major conference in Quebec City on radicalization.

"It's full of jokes ... it opens the discussion, it opens free speech. After the play, people want to talk about it," said Déborah Abisror, the play's associate producer, from her office in France.

Abisror said that lightheartedness in the treatment of such a serious matter has worked miracles. She recalled a man whose arm was in a cast coming to see the actors after one performance. "He said: 'I was at the Bataclan, I got four bullets, and it's the first time that I can finally talk about it and I can move on. It's the first time that I hear gunshots in a room and I feel finally better about it and I can sleep. And for one hour, I laughed. I thank you because I can finally move on.' So it has an impact on people," Abisror said.


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