Storytellers on Stage

By Petra Quaedvlieg – On 12 November 2015 Story-Line Maastricht, Lumière Cinema Maastricht and the Student & Society Initiative presented: Storytellers on Stage, a new bilingual event in which storytellers from different countries and disciplines are brought together. Writers, filmmakers, journalists and poets joined us in a discussion about literature, film, media and current events.

During the first edition of this new initiative, two parallel sessions were organized. The English session focused on stories from and about the Middle East. The Dutch session was devoted to the stories of refugees and migrants.

The program:

Storytellers on Stage 1 (moderator: Petra Stienen – language: English)

We welcomed three special storytellers from the Middle East, with Arabist Petra Stienen as the moderator of the session. Belgian-Kurdish director Kahim Omar Kalifa presented his prize-winning short film BAGHDAD MESSI. Journalist Dirk Wanrooij talked about his experience as a foreign correspondent in Cairo and read from his book RIOT: CHRONICLE OF THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION. The third guest was Malu Halasa, author of SYRIA SPEAKS: ART AND CULTURE ON THE FRONTLINE.

Storytellers on Stage 2 (moderated by Dana Linssen – language: Dutch)

Two storytellers with a mutual interest in stories of migrants joined us for an interview with Dana Linssen, editor-in-chief of De Filmkrant and film critic for NRC Handelsblad. Writer Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer read from his novel LA SUPERBA, the Belgian journalist Catherine Vuylsteke performed a part of her theatre monologue VIET BLEU and presented her film THE ART OF BECOMING.