8.00-10.00 pm :  Theatre and discussion  

Theatre “Eldorado-Europe”

with and by Riadh Ben Ammar (Afrique-Europe-Interact/Theatre for Freedom of Movement)

Venue: Saal May Ayim

After a long time between hope and fear, Sami has eventually arrived at his final destination: Europe. Once there, however, he is confronted with a reality totally different from what he expected. Having been accommodated in a refugee home in Germany, he is telling us about his everyday life, which is determined by endless waiting, criminalization and racism. After his flight from the rigid society of North Africa, he is once again stuck in a situation that does not offer him any perspective. In his performance “Eldorado – Europe”, the artist and activist Riadh Ben Ammar of Tunesian origin compellingly depicts, how European migration policies affect the lives of young North Africans in their countries of origin and in Europe.

Riadh Ben Ammar is an artist with Tunesian background and a political activist with Afrique-Europe-Interact.

Panel discussion: Criminalisation of Migration and Marshallplan for Africa – a Contradiction or Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Alassane Dicko (Afrique-Europe-Interact, Mali), Rex Osa (refugee activist, Stuttgart) & Napuli Paul Görlich (activist, Berlin)

Moderation: Nyima Jadama (journalist, Freiburg) and Olaf Bernau (Afrique-Europe-Interact)

Venue: Salle May Ayim // interpreted in DE–FR–EN

At least since refugees and migrants have temporarily suspended the European border regime during the summer of migration in 2015, EU governments repeatedly speak of ‘root causes of forced migration’. These causes ought to be ‘combated’ with development projects worth millions of Euros (like the “Marshallplan”), supposedly to prevent more people from starting their journeys towards Europe. At first glance, this does not sound too bad, but when taking a closer look it becomes evident that all these projects are directed towards intercepting and pushing back refugees. To that effect, the EU collaborates with criminal regimes like in Sudan, Ethiopia or recently in Libya. Additionally, the underlying root causes of the disastrous conditions in the global South are obscured in the current debate, most importantly, the capitalist growth model of the global North that forces people to migrate in the first place (such as unfair trade conditions, ruthless exploitation of natural resources, ecological destruction etc.). Moreover, the crucial question of what kind of development should even be pursued with these projects, is left unanswered. In this sense, we will discuss the inter-related strategies of European governments regarding so-called ‘root causes of forced migration’ in Africa.

Rex Osa is a refugee activist and active in the Refugees4Refugees network in Stuttgart as well as in the Caravan for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants. He also spent ten years at The VOICE Refugee Forum. Rex Osa came from Nigeria to Germany in 2005 and since then fights against the isolation, criminalization and deportation of migrants.

Alassane Dicko is a trained computer scientist. In 2006 he was displaced from Ivory Coast to Mali where his parents are originally from. In Bamako he helped to build up the Malian Association for Deportees (AME). He is spokesman for the Malian section of Afrique-Europe-Interact since 2010.

Napuli Paul Görlich is an activist from Sudan, based in Berlin. She stood up for the rights of refugees at Oranienplatz and is the head of Blacks and Whites Together for Human Rights. She has worked as a facilitator of nonviolence and is active on gender issues and human rights.


Concerning Violence

(Direction: Göran Hugo Olsson, Sweden/USA/Denmark 2014, 85 minutes)

Venue: Lottas Kaufladen (Erich-Köhn-Str. 68) // EN with French subtitles

Based on Frantz Fanon’s famous book, ‘The Wretched of the Earth’, the film describes the uprisings that led to Africa’s decolonisation. Olsson concentrates on archive material filmed in Africa by Swedish documentary filmmakers and television journalists between 1966 and 1984. Footage of liberation movements in Angola, the Frelimo in Mozambique and the struggle for independence in Guinea-Bissau are juxtaposed with documentary images of Swedish missionaries in Tanzania and a strike in a Swedish mine in Liberia. Musician Lauryn Hill brings to life Fanon’s polarising texts, which structure and provide commentary on the film’s visual material.