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Mister Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran

Erik Vos

“When I was eleven, I beat up my pig and visited the prostitutes” – so the story begins. Moise, the  Jewish boy later nicknamed Momo (short for Mohamed) lives in the Rue Bleue in Paris. His father, an unemployed lawyer, sits at home depressed and his mother has disappeared. Momo takes care of his father and does his daily shopping at the shop of  ‘the Arab’, Mr. Ibrahim.

Somehow, a friendship blossoms between Mr. Ibrahim and the boy. He teaches Momo about life, happiness, Judaism, the Koran, and using a smile as a secret weapon. When Momo’s father commits suicide, Mr. Ibrahim adopts him. Together they journey to the land of the Fertile Crescent, the real homeland of  Mr. Ibrahim.

Text adaptation: Inez van Dullemen, Erik Vos, from the book by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt. Performed by: Sabri Saad El Hamus, Tim Linde, Saar Vandenberghe.