The radicalization of young Muslims, an uprooted girl's search for identity and post-adolescents on a path to spread terror overseas bloodied the silver screen at the Toronto film festival Friday.

In the aftermath of recent attacks in France and Belgium, and the flight of dozens of Canadian teenagers to join the Islamic State group in Syria, filmmakers behind titles such as "Layla M." and "Heaven Will Wait" have sought to better understand the lure of terror for Western youths.

And Toronto audiences have welcomed their insights.

"It's obviously very topical, and people are trying to come to grips with what goes into the radicalization of youth, what it means and what it looks like, and how it impacts families in particular," said festival co-director Piers Handling.

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