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DRAW FOR CHANGE – Egypt: “A Stroke of Freedom” with Doaa El-Adl

DRAW FOR CHANGE – Egypt: “A Stroke of Freedom” with Doaa El-Adl

In partnership with WeDecolonizeVUB, KARAMAH EU, and Blue Bird Docs/Clin d’Oeil Films

Date: 25 November 2023 at 17:40

Place: Cinéma Aventure – Galerie du Centre, Rue des Fripiers 15 1000 Brussels

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On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Sophia teams up with WeDecolonizeVUB and KARAMAH EU to introduce the screening of “A Stroke of Freedom”. This is part of the six-episode documentary series “Draw for Change”.

“A Stroke of Freedom” focuses on Doaa El-Adl, the first woman to be awarded the esteemed Journalistic Distinction in Caricature. She serves as a catalyst for transformation within the predominantly male-dominated realm of Egyptian political cartoonists. Challenging patriarchal norms, she routinely confronts censorship, harassment, and even threats to her life. In a remarkable fusion of documentary, cartoons, and animation, Egyptian director Nada Riyadh breathes life into El-Adl’s most renowned works. 

DRAW FOR CHANGE! is a 6-part documentary series about female cartoonists from Mexico, India, Russia, Syria, Egypt and the USA. Each episode a cartoonist takes us into her world showing us not only the obstacles and dangers she faces, but also the courage and humour needed to deal with these. 

After the screening we will be joined by WeDecolonizeVUB founder Latifah Abdou to moderate discussions with current and former members Kyara and Ange-Vanessa Nsanzineza as well as Karamah EU’s coordinator Imane Benchaoui on press freedom, orientalist narratives and the other powerful themes of this documentary.

Latifah Abdou

Latifah Abdou, moderator of the evening, is the founder of WeDecolonizeVUB, a project that centralises the knowledge, experiences, realities and needs of racialised youth in higher education. She has also been involved in several project on decolonisation and equitable inclusion such as Blueprint Study: Masters in Critical, Diaspora, Race and Liberation and the Braver Spaces Summer School. Her work and engagement illustrates a commitment to social critique and social justice.

Ange-Vanessa Nsanzineza

Ange is a « duizendpoot »: for almost two years, she has been working at Tumult vzw on the topics of youth participation, migration and hatespeech. She also is currently studying Anthropology at KUL, and has been involved in a variety of projects at StampMedia, UCOS, Center of Migration, Gender and Justice. At last, Ange is a board member at StampMedia, MO* and #SheDIDIT.

Kyara Barros

Kyara is a Cape Verdean master’s student at BSoG-VUB and is part of the events team in the WeDecolonizeVUB board. She thinks there is a certain comfort in entering a room without the fear of being targeted, and that’s what she wants to see happening. Decolonization, for her, is about resistance by taking up space and causing impact. It’s about raising our voices and mission. And it’s about healing and celebrating her morabeza.

Imane Benchaou

Besides from being Sophia’s co-coordinator, Imane is the coordinator of KARAMAH EU, where she advocates for the rights of Muslim women and builds up their competences, notably through the podcast « Muslim Women Speak Out! ». She is also part of the research project « RE-VISUALIZE: French Speaking Muslim women in the digital sphere » where she collects testimonials of Muslim feminist women who use social media as a tool to share their work and inspire others.

More information: https://drawforchangetheseries.com/about

This screening is facilitated by Blue Bird Docs