Debate featuring Lina Majdalanie, Diana Al-Halabi and Jeffrey G. Karam
Moderator: Leyla Dakhli
Film premiere: »Fitnat Beyrouth« (Director: Sara Fattahi)
How do you stay strong when you are far away while your home is falling to pieces? The closing event of the series Break Up zooms in on a specific topic with wide-ranging implications: how do Lebanese artists and thinkers in exile deal with the turbulent events back home, from a revolution in 2019 to the horrendous explosion in Beirut’s harbour in 2020, to the ongoing state crisis today? How do you think, work, and live in two places at once?
The event kicks off with the premiere of a new film by acclaimed Syrian director Sara Fattahi – an intimate portrayal of Rotterdam-based up-and-coming artist and feminist activist Diana Al-Halabi. It is a reflection on distance, longing, anger and creativity. In the subsequent debate, Al-Halabi joins veteran Lebanese artist Lina Majdalanie and scholar and activist Jeffrey G. Karam, discussing how transnational solidarity and critical activism work in times of continuous crises and of social media, and what role feminism plays in shaping Europe’s and Lebanon’s future. The conversation is moderated by Tunisian historian Leyla Dakhli.
In English (simultaneous interpretation into German provided)