My Friend, My Enemy, My Society: Debate and Artist Talk

The Prince Claus Fund, De Balie and Castrum Peregrini have organised a debate and an artist talk as part of the manifestation My Friend, My Enemy, My Society.

On 11 June, Prince Claus Fund project partners George E. Ngwane and Liza Largoza Maza spoke about the role of friendship in areas of conflict. On 14 June, Lebanese filmmaker Mazen Khaled concluded his two-week residency at Castrum Peregrini with an artist talk and a presentation of his work. 

'Debate on Friendship in Areas of Conflict' with George E. Ngwane, Liza Largoza Maza and Fleur Ravensbergen

On 11 June, Prince Claus Fund project partners George E. Ngwane and Liza Largoza Maza took part in a debate on friendship in areas of conflict: What happens to friendship in times of conflict and repression? Is friendship a basic need, like a roof over your head or having enough to eat? Is the value of friendship universal or culture-specific? Does culture play a role in solving conflicts and bringing people together or is it a source of conflict? These questions were addressed during the debate.

George E. Ngwane is a writer, poet, peace activist, educationist, political analyst, Pan Africanist and founder/Executive Director of AFRICAphonie. Ngwane initiated the Peace Project in the Bakassi Peninusula. This initiative brought together the residents of three contentious villages on the disputed border between Cameroon and Nigeria, through dance, music and sports.

Liza Largoza Maza is a feminist activist and former member of the Philippines Congress (2001-2010). She is Chair Emeritus of GABRIELA Women's Alliance and played a crucial role in its Purple Rose Campaign, which called for an end to the trafficking of women. She was recently elected Chair of the International Women's Alliance and is President of the Board of the WeGovern Institute. She also contributed to What's Cooking in the Philippines, a publication on social issues styled after a cookbook, which was supported by the Prince Claus Fund.

For the debate on 11 June, Ngwane and Maza will be joined by Fleur Ravensbergen, manager of mediation operations at the Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG). DAG assists government, inter-government and NGO actors to manage political dialogues in order to reduce violent conflict and establish stable societies. Andrew Makkinga will be the moderator for the evening. 

The ‘Debate on Friendship in Areas of Confict’ took place at De Balie in Amsterdam at 20:00 on 11 June 2013. 

‘In Conversation with Mazen Khaled’

In cooperation with Lebanese partner organisation Ashkal Alwan, the Prince Claus Fund has invited filmmaker Mazen Khaled for a residency at Castrum Peregrini. During his stay in Amsterdam from 1 to 14 June, Khaled met with organisations and individuals from the Dutch cultural sector. His residency concluded with a presentation of his work and an artist talk entitled 'In Conversation with Mazen Khaled' on 14 June.

Mazen Khaled is a Lebanese filmmaker with a background in political studies, public policy and film production. After a twelve year career in the advertising world as a creative director, Khaled transitioned into filmmaking. He has written and directed a number of short films: A Very Dangerous Man (2012) which is in competition at the Dubai International Film Festival; Our Gentleman of the Wings(2011), My Queer Samsara (2010), which premiered at ROTTERDAM International Film Festival in 2010 and was screened at Cork International Film Festival in 2011; and Cadillac Blues which was screened at Reykjavik LGBT Film Festival (2006), SHAMS Festival (Beirut, 2002), "...NE A BEYROUTH" Film festival (Beirut, 2002), SWANSEA BAY film festival (UK, 2009), and A MILLION DIFFERENT LOVES?! (POLAND, 2010). He is currently working on a feature film project.

'In Conversation with Mazen Khaled' took place at 20:00 on 14 June 2013 at Castrum Peregrini. 

My Friend, My Enemy, My Society

The 'Debate on Friendship in Areas of Conflict' and ‘In Conversation with Mazen Khaled’ are part of the manifestation My Friend, My Enemy, My Society. My Friend, My Enemy, My Society investigates the meanings of friendship and enmity and provides a platform for thinkers and doers from diverse fields, including the visual arts, sciences, music, theatre, literature, politics and philosophy. 

My Friend, My Enemy, My Society: Debate and Artist Talk

"an investigation into the meanings of friendship and enmity "

Tuesday

11

Jun

My Friend, My Enemy, My Society: Debate on friendship in areas of conflict

location:De Balie
address:Amsterdam
time:from 20:00 till 22:00

Friday

14

Jun

In Conversation with Mazen Khaled

location:Castrum Peregrini
address:Herengracht 406, Amsterdam
time:from 20:00 till 22:00

My Friend, My Enemy, My Society: Debate and Artist Talk

The Prince Claus Fund, De Balie and Castrum Peregrini have organised a debate and an artist talk as part of the manifestation My Friend, My Enemy, My Society. On 11 June, Prince Claus Fund project partners George E. Ngwane and Liza Largoza Maza spoke about the role of friendship in areas of conflict. On 14 June, Lebanese filmmaker Mazen Khaled concluded his two-week residency at Castrum Peregrini...

 
 
 
 

My Friend, My Enemy, My Society: Debate and Artist Talk

The Prince Claus Fund, De Balie and Castrum Peregrini have organised a debate and an artist talk as part of the manifestation My Friend, My Enemy, My Society. On 11 June, Prince Claus Fund project partners George E. Ngwane and Liza Largoza Maza spoke about the role of friendship in areas of conflict. On 14 June, Lebanese filmmaker Mazen Khaled concluded his two-week residency at Castrum Peregrini...