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'Out of Darkness', final version

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Presented in March last year, a "work in progress" version of 'Out of Darkness' by Mary Jimenez and Bénédicte Liénard was revealed for the first time to the Liège public at Théâtre de Liège

The image and sound performance already engaged the audience in a reflection about the reality of migratory flows, in particular on the delicate funeral duty, without judgment or culpability, but carefully shaped with conviction and frankness. The filmmakers offer us the beauty worthy of their images, miles away from the sensational voyeurism of television programmes. The committed interpretation of a text shaped as a travel journal tells the trust built with the migrants, the vain anger and the sobriety sadness uses to cover itself when drowning in sorrow. In this final presentation, a new story is added. The story of a shipwreck on the Tunisian coast, as well as the testimonies of the mothers of the missing, whose unspoken pain is embraced by the voice of the soprano Noma Omran.  The two filmmakers take the stage with humanity and finesse, to make it the place of remembrance, to expose the contradiction of European migration policies and the demonstration of the cruelty of the externalization of borders. They set rightly and poetically the plea of ​​the forgotten. 

The final version will be performed from 8th to 12th October in Salle de l'Oeil Vert at Théâtre de Liège. The presentation on 11th October is part of the programme of the cycle of events and conferences 'Corps Migrants: récits et présences' organised by University of Liège which gathers creatives, researchers, and people engaged in non-governmental organisations around the theme of migration, in reverse to the usual rhetoric. The performance will be followed by a discussion with Édith BERTHOLET (Théâtre de Liège), Grégory CORMANN (ULiège – Traverses), Amanda Caroline DA SILVA (ULiège –CEDEM), Maud HAGELSTEIN (ULiège – Traverses), Jérémy HAMERS (ULiège – Traverses). 

Involved Artist
with Noma Omran, Atta Nasser, Estelle Franco
Musical composition and performance Noma Omran
Directors Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jimenez
Scenography Sabine Theunissen
Images and editing Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jimenez
Images Virginie Surdej
Video creation Aliocha Van der Avoort
Stage Manager Kevin Jaspar
Production DC & J Création
Created with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Federal Government of Belgium and Inver Tax Shelter
In partnership with the Théâtre de Liège

Mary Jimenez Born in Peru, she studied architecture at Lima and then enrolled in Film studies at Insas in Belgium. Writer and director for more than thirty years, she keeps, several of her fictions and documentaries, among which ‘Spelling Love’, ‘La Position du lion couché’, ‘Le Dictionnaire selon Marcus’ and ‘Héros sans visage’, have been selected in major international film festivals.
Bénédicte Liénard Born in the Borinage (Belgium), graduated in 1988 from Louvain-La-Neuve Institut des Arts de Diffusion, she directed several documentaries before her first feature, ‘A Piece of Sky’ (2002), selected at Cannes (Un Certain Regard) and in several other festivals. She directed several documentaries widely screened in festivals and on TV, among which ‘About Trees and Coal’, and ‘Glowing Embers’ co-directed with Mary Jiménez.
Source: Festival Marrakesh

Noma Omran  A graduate (in 1997) of the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, Noma Omran is regarded as one of the greatest specialists today in the old Syrian maqâm. Concentrating on opera singing, she went on to further studies in the Czech Republic. She has appeared at a number of festivals of sacred music (in Paris, Brussels, Geneva, and Kuwait). 
As an actress, she appeared in Dido and Aeneas, a production encouraged by the British Council, in Damascus in 1995 and in Adonis-Hallaj, a montage of poetic texts by Adonis and Hallaj directed by Amal Omran in 2004. She has also taken part in the Maqâms et création project organised by the Fondation Royaumont in France in partnership with the French Cultural Centre in Damascus.
Source: Bozar Brussels

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