Saturday March 24th at Theater aan het Spui

14.30-15.00, 18:30-19:00 and 19:00-19:30

Need a brake from the festivalbuzz? Grab a chair and unwind at Storytelling. Sit by the fire and listen
to beautiful and impressive stories as part of Storytelling. A cup of tea, a few snacks and Arab music will add to the relaxing atmosphere.

Sahand Saheb Divani from Café Mezrab will be hosting the event.

Flemish journalist Leen Vervaeke is one of the foreign editors of Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. She wrote about the situation in Southeast Europe, international law, Belgium, Tunisia and the Arab Spring. Her article “Voor Kroatië lijkt de oorlog eindelijk voorbij” (The war seems to be finally over for Croatia) won the European Young Journalists Award in 2008. She has been a foreign correspondent in Belgium at De Volkskrant since October 2011. She lives in Brussels.

This year, she published De Jasmijnrevolutie (The Jasmine Revolution), a book about the recent uprising in Tunisia. Vervaeke was in Tunisia at the outset of the Arab revolution and ‘took to the streets’. Standing amidst the rebels, she spoke with Tunisian civilians. Afterwards, she visited the country on several occasions to witness the subsequent events as they unfolded. Her articles about the uprising in Tunisia for De Volkskrant formed the basis for her book.

Talk Show Café Arabica

Saturday March 24th in the Foyer at Theater aan het Spui

From 17.00 – 18:15


Talk show Café Arabica with Margaret Sekaggya (U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders), e-activist Sameh SaeidNoha el Ostaz (Egyptian activist), Petr Lom (filmmaker Back to the Square), Lilia Weslaty (Tunesian activist from Zero Silence), Sawsan Darwaza (Jordan's Karama Human Rights Film Festival) en Sabri Saad el Hamus (Egyptian).

Presentation Jacobine Geel (NCRV)



Petr Lom is an independent, self-taught filmmaker who prefers to keep the reins in his own hands. He not only directs his documentaries, he also films, produces and edits them himself. The Festival will be showing a retrospective of Lom’s work, screening the films: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan, Letters to the President and On a Tightrope. His latest film, Back to the Square , about the revolution in Egypt will also be screened during the festival.


Lilia Weslaty is a Tunisian journalist and activist, she appears in the documentary Zero Silence.


Noha El Ostaz is a young Egyptian filmmaker. In 2008, she set a precedent by becoming the first woman in Egypt to press charges in a case of sexual intimidation. The bus driver was ultimately convicted of sexually assaulting Noha el-Ostaz in the Heliopolis district. The film Cairo 678 is loosely based on her story. 


Sawsan Darwaza is director of the Human Rights Film Festival Amman in Jordan.