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Evelyn Groenink's series on present-day South Africa, published by ZAM earlier this year, has been brought together with visual artist Judith Westerveld's collage Echolocations , a quest to trace the hedge of bitter almonds once planted by the Dutch colonists in the Cape. The Special Issue will be released on 10 October. Evelyn Groenink's series on present-day South Africa, published by ZAM earlier this year, has been brought together with visual artist Judith...
Milan Hermes
'The Suit' is shown at the iAfrica filmfestival in the Hague on the 8th of October at 14.15. The iAfrica filmfestival takes place between the 6th and the 8th of October. It covers a wide variety of beautiful movies. Be sure to check out their website: film.iafricafestival.com/ Your film the Suit is based on a short story of the same name written by Can Themba in 1963. Who was Can Themba and why did you pick this story for your movie? Daniel Canodoce “Can” Themba was a South African journalist who... 'The Suit' is shown at the iAfrica filmfestival in the Hague on the 8th of October at 14.15. The iAfrica filmfestival takes place between the 6th and the...
Christina Månsson
No vintage anymore, UNSEEN shows exclusively photographic work that was made over the last three years. Each year brings new galleries, photographers and conversations. For Red Hook Labs from New York, it's their second UNSEEN. This year they feature works by Kadara Enyeasi, Nadine Ijewere, and Kyle Weeks. All three are photographers to watch. Although, Kadara Enyeasi is not present at UNSEEN, he is willing to answer a few questions over the email to ZAM. Enyeasi earned a degree in architecture... No vintage anymore, UNSEEN shows exclusively photographic work that was made over the last three years. Each year brings new galleries, photographers and...
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At its second edition, iAfrica is offering you an exhilarating programme with feature films, animation, documentaries, live music, masterclass, photo exhibition and much more. It all happens in The Hague with the Korzo Theatre as the central venue. The organisers of the festival offer two tickets to ZAM newsletter's readers, giving you free access to all films. Interested? Send a mail to info@zammagazine.com before September 27th, 2017 and put 'iAfrica' in the subject line. Kalushi, a film by... At its second edition, iAfrica is offering you an exhilarating programme with feature films, animation, documentaries, live music, masterclass, photo...
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40 years ago, on the 12th of September 1977, Steve 'Bantu' Biko was murdered by the Apartheid regime in South Africa. A principled freedom fighter who lived to uplift his people and guide them through the dark days of oppression, Biko's teachings inspired generations of South Africans in their campaigns for democracy and self-determination. Many songs, books, a film and poetry are dedicated to Biko and his ideas. Let’s remember him today. 40 years ago, on the 12th of September 1977, Steve 'Bantu' Biko was murdered by the Apartheid regime in South Africa. A principled freedom fighter who...
Evelyn Groenink
Blaming only multinationals for the plunder of Africa’s mineral and other natural resources? Seeing all Africans, including their elites, as victims of ‘Western’ (or Chinese) exploitation? You won’t anymore after reading the chilling transnational investigation about to be released by our partners in the African Investigative Publishing Collective in partnership with Africa Uncensored . A team of investigative journalists in seven African countries, ranging from the former socialist like... Blaming only multinationals for the plunder of Africa’s mineral and other natural resources? Seeing all Africans, including their elites, as victims of...
Milan Hermes
Tjitske Lingsma on her book All Rise! What are the biggest challenges facing the ICC? The task of the court is to prosecute individual perpetrators of international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes). The ICC has been struggling with problems such as government obstruction, witnesses being threatened and bribed, its own investigative failures and the balance in prosecutions. The court faces an increasing problem with its image. Some African countries want to leave the ICC.... Tjitske Lingsma on her book All Rise! What are the biggest challenges facing the ICC? The task of the court is to prosecute individual perpetrators of...
Tjitske Lingsma
The high ambitions of the International Criminal Court and the harsh reality Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo was the first person tried for command responsibility by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The military commander of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) was sentenced to 18 years in prison for crimes against humanity, sexual violence being one of them. In this fragment of All Rise! , Tjitske Lingsma's new book, witness P-87 testifies anonymously about her brutal... The high ambitions of the International Criminal Court and the harsh reality Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo was the first person tried for command...
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The investigation into development aid by our partners in the African Investigative Publishing Collective, 'How aid helps the richt get richer' , is doing the rounds. Publications by Belgian Knack and its counterpart Le Vif l’Express saw the story extended from English-only to the Dutch/Flemish and French language groups. A publication in Spanish Revista Luzes is expected in September. Meanwhile, the story (and/or story chapters) has/have also been published in Nigeria , Uganda , South Africa , and... The investigation into development aid by our partners in the African Investigative Publishing Collective, 'How aid helps the richt get richer' , is...
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Children in the global south are targets for charitable intervention by Western do-gooders. Campaigns aimed at 'orphan rescue' drive the 'production' of orphans -who in reality often have at least one living parent- while established international standards for child protection are ignored. Kristen Cheney, senior lecturer at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, describes the ‘orphan industrial complex’ in her book Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV... Children in the global south are targets for charitable intervention by Western do-gooders. Campaigns aimed at 'orphan rescue' drive the 'production' of...
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ZAM Board member Babah Tarawally drums up support for affected community in Sierra Leone. A recent investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective exposed how large development aid projects get hijacked by African political elites to get even richer. However, the investigation also underlined that giving money directly to a poor community or family can make a difference. ZAM Board member Babah Tarawally, originally from Sierra Leone, has taken the initiative to raise funds to the... ZAM Board member Babah Tarawally drums up support for affected community in Sierra Leone. A recent investigation by the African Investigative Publishing...
Evelyn Groenink
An uprising against a dictator. Angry people in the streets. Seven protestors shot dead by soldiers. Then, suddenly, amid the outrage and hurt, the same people in the streets use focus, restraint, and human dignity to strike back. They find a group of soldiers, surround them, and capture seven -the same number as protestors killed. They keep the group ‘arrested’ for a while. Then let them go. Watch the video here . Letting go is what the same protesting people are doing with the Gnassingbé dynasty,... An uprising against a dictator. Angry people in the streets. Seven protestors shot dead by soldiers. Then, suddenly, amid the outrage and hurt, the same...
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We are giving away three copies of an extraordinary film. Jean van de Velde's film Bram Fischer has just been released on DVD. This Dutch-South African co-production tells the astonishing story of a white, Afrikaner lawyer – a leader of the underground communist party and member of Nelson Mandela's defence team in the early sixties of last century. So far Bram Fischer received much praise in Dutch media and it also won the audience award at the Movies that Matter film festival in March this year.... We are giving away three copies of an extraordinary film. Jean van de Velde's film Bram Fischer has just been released on DVD. This Dutch-South African...
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On the 17th of August 1982 the South African freedom fighter, journalist and scholar Ruth First was assassinated by a parcel bomb sent to her by apartheid dead squads. Thirty-five years later, First is remembered as a courageous and stubborn activist against white supremacy and male domination. She was a defendant in the Treason Trial of 1956 – 1961 alongside 156 other leading anti-partheid activists who were key figures in the South African Congress Alliance. First was listed and banned during the... On the 17th of August 1982 the South African freedom fighter, journalist and scholar Ruth First was assassinated by a parcel bomb sent to her by...
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With photography from the Inkanyiso Collective, the Amsterdam No Man's Art Gallery honours the courage of South African LGBT activists and mourns the lives of so many fallen heroes. “Where you feel pride, we feel tears,” Zanele Muholi said at the opening of Pride & Loss, ​​photography by the members of the Johannesburg based Inkanysio Collective. It was two days before hundreds of thousands celebrated the annual Pride and canal parade. “I need you to organise an exhibition,” the South African... With photography from the Inkanyiso Collective, the Amsterdam No Man's Art Gallery honours the courage of South African LGBT activists and mourns the...
Ayϙ Adéné
On Saturday the 29th of July 2017 the Nigerian police arrested 42 LGBT persons at a party in Owode Onirin in Lagos State. On a picture in one of the local newspapers that covered the story Ayϙ Adéné recognized a friend he had met ten years ago. That’s Michael. Splashed on the front page of the dailies, he's the first in a queue of 42 gay men who were arrested by the police in Nigeria this week. White singlet. White, like the long white garment that flowed to his ankles when I saw him. Almost ten... On Saturday the 29th of July 2017 the Nigerian police arrested 42 LGBT persons at a party in Owode Onirin in Lagos State. On a picture in one of the...
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This year's Afrovibes trade mark logo is designed by illustrator, photographer and art director Modise 'Blackdice' Sepeng from Alexandra, Johannesburg. As he writes in his bio his works 'simplistically adapts liberation heroes like Steve Biko and Madiba to current con texts of cool.' Modise says his works “look like a post-colonial coat style, and a mash up of Pan-Africanism and punk rock fused with pop art and hip-hop. (It) reflects on the transitional process of South Africans and the need to... This year's Afrovibes trade mark logo is designed by illustrator, photographer and art director Modise 'Blackdice' Sepeng from Alexandra, Johannesburg....
Evelyn Groenink and Bart Luirink
Siba Nkumbi and her South African friends, members of Zanele Muholi's crew, don’t doubt it: the airbnb owner who pushed Nkumbi down the stairs in Amsterdam on Saturday July 8th is a racist. Immediately, social media are full of denial. The women “judge too quickly.” They were in the wrong because they checked out late. It could just as well have been a white woman. The latter however is very unlikely. Because this is exactly what it is about racism: that apparently impulsive action -in this case... Siba Nkumbi and her South African friends, members of Zanele Muholi's crew, don’t doubt it: the airbnb owner who pushed Nkumbi down the stairs in...
Bart Luirink
Last Friday's opening of Zanele Muholi's exhibition at the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum saw hundreds of art lovers and friends of the South African 'visual activist' attending the ceremony. Next to observing Muholi’s amazing works, the crowd also witnessed impressive performances by members of Muholi's ‘Analyzer’ crew and Phila Mbanjwa. Shrouded in a South African flag, Muholi thanked the museum for making her 'coming out again.’ In her opening speech she underlined the motives behind her work, which... Last Friday's opening of Zanele Muholi's exhibition at the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum saw hundreds of art lovers and friends of the South African 'visual...
Theophilus Abbah, Zack Ohemeng Tawiah, Benon Herbert Oluka, Muno Gedi and Anas Aremeyaw Anas
A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective The war for grazing lands in Africa Nomadic cattle farming in Africa is often imagined as picturesque and idyllic. In reality, present-day nomadic cattle herders in the East and West of the continent carry Pump Action, AK 47’s, and other machine guns. They trample farms, raze villages and displace communities in a desperate search for fading green pastures. Vigilante farming groups, also armed, are increasingly... A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective The war for grazing lands in Africa Nomadic cattle farming in Africa is...