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zaterdag 23 maart 2013 - 16:30
De Arabische Lente is een bijzonder lang jaargetij aan
worden. Movies that Matter presenteert films, een talkshow en live
muziek over de opstand in Syrië en de nasleep van de Arabische Lente in
De films in dit programma zijn: Rouge Parole –over Tunesië, The Reluctant Revolutionary – over Jemen en The Suffering Grasses –over Syrië.
Arabist Sophie Roborgh presenteert de talkshow met:
- Wael Aleji, Syrisch activist en lid van de Democratic
Independent Task Force (DITF) gerepresenteerd in de Nationale Coalitie
- Zonke Majodina, voorzitter van het mensenrechtencomité van de Verenigde Naties
- Syrisch-Amerikaanse rapper Omar Offendum, een van de muzikanten van het nummer #Jan25, een soundtrack van de revolutie
- regisseur Elyes Baccar, die vorig jaar het eerste mensenrechtenfilmfestival organiseerde in Tunis
- Nederlands parlementariër Désirée Bonis die eerder Nederlands ambassadeur was in Damascus.
Na afloop is er live muziek uit het hart van de revolutie door hiphopper Omar Offendum.
Wael Aleji is a longtime Syrian activist, member of the
Democratic Independent Task Force (DITF), represented in the National Coalition
for Syrian revolutionary and opposition forces. He is the former spokesperson of
the National Organisation for Human Rights in Syria, a member of the Syrian
National Council (SNC) and the Europe Director of Syrian Christians for
Democracy (NGO). He is also a Syrian-British medical doctor and psychologist.
Zonke Majodina is Member for South Africa and currently
Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights. She formerly served
as Deputy Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission. She has been
Rights of Refugees, Asylum-seekers and Migration Policy Commissioner for the
Northern Cape and Free State. She began her career as a clinical psychologist at
the University of Ghana Medical School, where she worked for 16 years. Before
returning to South Africa, she took up a visiting fellowship at the Refugee
Studies Centre at Oxford University. Upon return to South Africa, she worked as
a senior lecturer at the Witwatersrand University Graduate School for Humanities
and Social Sciences, where she was involved in setting up a new master's degree
programme in forced migration. During this time she also served as a part-time
commissioner for the SAHRC, focusing on refugees, asylum seekers and migration
policy. She has presented and published many papers on topics of applied
psychology, forced displacement, migration and human rights in general.
Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist, one of
the artists behind #Jan25, which became known as a soundtrack of the revolution.
He was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los
Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera / PBS /
LA Times / Rolling Stone / VICE / NY Times / The European), toured the world to
promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars
for various humanitarian relief organizations, lectured at a number of
prestigious academic institutions, and most recently been involved in creating
several critically-acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings
throughout the Middle East & North Africa. He is currently hard at work on
several new projects while touring to promote his solo release
'SyrianamericanA'. Omar Offendum already performed twice in the Netherlands to
gain publicity for the campaign Adopt a Revolution of IKV Pax Christi.
Désirée Bonis (1959) is vanaf 20 september 2012 lid van de
Tweede Kamer voor de PvdA. Zij was directeur van de directie Sub-Sahara Afrika
op het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken. Van 2006-2010 was zij ambassadeur in
Damascus, Syrië. Daarvoor werkte ze als diplomaat in Caïro, Egypte.
Elyes Baccar - Born in Tunis in 1971, Elyes Baccar is a
graduate of the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in Paris. He directed
several shorts, plays, and documentaries prior to his first feature, She &
He (2006). He won the Al-Jazeera Documentary Film Festival’s award for Best
Short for Pakistan 7.6. His feature documentary, Wailing Wall, won the Osian
Film Festival’s Special Jury Award. Elyes Baccar is executive director of the
Human Screen Festival, the first human rights film festival in Tunesia. He says
he was inspired to organise it after touring other human rights festivals with
his film Rouge Parole. He said he wanted his festival to promote a “break with
the tyranny and abuses of the past”.