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Quiet Revolutions in Storytelling


April 30 | Instituto Cervantes | NYC

With Wafaa Bilal, Emanuel Guibert, Kathrin Röggla, and Josep-Maria Terricabras; moderated by Sameer Padania

From the photographs taken at Abu Ghraib, to police torture videos from Cambodia and Egypt, to blogs and Facebook groups for hunger-striking activists in Saudi Arabia, technology is affecting both who is reporting and what gets reported. What will be the cumulative effect of this quiet revolution? We’ll hear stories from Iraq, Europe, the United States, and intersections of all three.

Cosponsored by Instituto Cervantes and the Consulate General of Spain

PEN Blogs

• Masha Hamilton:
When Wafaa Bilal’s brother was killed in Iraq by an American-fired air-to-ground missile while he was in the United States, and two months later his father died of grief, Wafaa came face-to-face not only with his own anguish, but with guilt. [More]

• Shaun Randol:
Wafaa Bilal’s words landed like a sunny day thunderclap—wholly unexpected. [More]

• Deji Olukotun:
A Spanish philosopher, a French graphic novelist, and an Iraqi performance artist meet in a bar . . . [More]

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