Adil and Sami are brothers. Under the large black mirrors dominating the set, they clean and talk. It’s their last night as cleaners in an Amsterdam red light district brothel. Tomorrow they return to Iraq for a final farewell to their mother, who recently passed away. As Adil and Sami discuss, we go back in time with them. For five years, without papers, after their flight from Iraq, they had to adapt to this new country. Sami dreams of embracing the Western way of life, especially its festive dimension and free morality. Adil, for his part, has lost his illusions about Europe. Nostalgic for family ties and the sense of the collective he knew in his homeland, he finds solace in religious practice. This night rekindles antagonisms, confronts Western and Eastern values, questions the roots, looks back on the exclusion experienced in recent years.

In this cultural and religious confrontation, against a backdrop of internal conflict and biblical references, Raphael Rodan (1980, Israel) and Sahand Sahebdivani (1980, Iran) show a sense of narration that so effectively animated My Father Held a Gun. Through skillful storytelling, they offer a device that plays with clichés and in which fiction feeds on reality.

Info

  • Language

    EN surtitrage FR

  • Venue

    Salle Jacques Huisman

  • Duration

    70'

Cast

  • Texts
    Raphael Rodan
    Sahand Sahebdivani
    Tom Radcliffe

    Performance
    Raphael Rodan
    Sahand Sahebdivani

    Direction
    Tom Radcliffe

    Codirector 
    Julie Peters

  • Scenography
    Mirko Lazović

    Stage
    Dorèndel Overmars
    Irina Koriazova

    Production
    Storytelling Centre

    Special thanks to
    Arjen Barel, Farnoosh Farnia, R. Rasheed, Frank Noorland and Karl Giesriegl

Calendar

  • Tuesday
    20:30
  • Wednesday
    20:00
  • Thursday
    20:30
  • Friday
    20:30
  • Saturday
    20:30