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Storytelling Arena - Homs & the Arab Spring

  • Wasserturm Kreuzberg 7 Kopischstraße Berlin, Berlin, 10965 Germany (map)

Storytelling Arena - Homs & the Arab Spring

With Anis Hamdoun, Mohamad Wanli and Morad Aldeeb from Homs, Syrien

On 31. March 2017, 8 until 10.30pm

Wasserturm Kreuzberg, Kopischstr. 7, 10965 Berlin

Tickets 10€, 5€ Berlin Pass + Students and 3€ Newcomer or Refugees

In Arabic, German and English
With an open mic for audience's stories from the
days of the Arab Spring in Homs and Syria.

With artists from Homs, Syria
Mohamad Wanli, Author and Performance Poet
Anis Hamdoun, Theatre Director, Filmmaker
Morad Aldeeb, Student of Film and Theatre
Live music by Wassim Mukdad, Oud Player (Arabic Lute)
Tandem Storytelling Interpreters:
Rachel Clarke, Storyteller, Host of Storytelling Arena
Mohammed Kello, Actor, Storyteller

A playwright, an actor and a director share their stories of that beautiful brief moment of freedom during the Arab Spring.
Its April 2011. Its spring. Lots of people of all ages on the streets of Homs, Syria. Calling for Freedom of speech! A better life! Only one 8 hour shift a day!

They had wanted to ask for this in public for years. But those who had, had been arrested, tortured and even killed in the regime’s secret service prisons. But inspired by the movement for democracy in other Arab countries, “The Arab Spring”. In “that moment when fear was finally defeated”, the people finally took to the streets and by doing so, sparked off demonstrations all round Syria.

The Clock Tower in Homs became a symbol first of the peaceful revolution by the people against the regime, the tragic setting for a massacre, and later of the resilience of a people so wronged by their rulers.

One man, the ruler, stood in April 2011 at the crossroads – one path meant a little more freedom for the people – and peace or repressing the demonstrations – and war. He had the choice and he chose war.

Three men from Homs tell their stories about their experiences in the days of the revolution