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Cineblend: Women in Islam

Sacha Bronwasser / Hassnae Bouazza, Mouna Laroussi, Saskia Aukema, Vanessa Vroon-Najem

Recent years a spate of productions, performances, and art exhibitions have focused on the theme  of women in Islam, often with an emphasis on sexuality. One of these is the television series Sex and Sin (Seks en de Zonde), initiated and presented by Femke Halsema, which will start broadcasting on May 11. Dancing on the Edge, Cineblend, and the Amsterdam Museum present an evening with several artists and program makers about their motivation in confronting this subject.

The participating guests are:

Hassnae Bouazza (Morocco), a prominent journalist, author, columnist, and a maker of television programs. She is the creative editor of ‘Sex and Sin’.

Mouna Laroussi is a Dutch-Moroccan) choreographer and dancer, whose work contains elements from both the Western world and the Middle East.

Saskia Aukema is a Dutch photographer who most recently completed a large-scale project called ‘Bekeerd’ (converted), concerning Dutch women who have converted to Islam. more info

Vanessa Vroon-Najem is a Dutch museum curator and an anthropologist. She collaborated with Saskia Aukema on the ‘Bekeerd’ project, which resulted in both a book and the current exposition of the same name in the Amsterdam Museum. more info

Sacha Bronwasser (The Netherlands), program advisor at IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam), art critic and director of Cinema Zuid, is the moderator of the evening.

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Photo: Mouna Laroussi in Sneak Preview © Paul Hoes.