Writer Said El Haji published the article The School of Mixed Love in the Volkskrant in which he describes how his relationship with his Dutch girlfriend gave him insight into his own cultural baggage:
"Assimilation is a mistake, since it implies a total denial of a culture that simply can not be denied." Through a mix of music and video clips, Said will tell more about the analysis of these experiences and he will read aloud one of his stories (that is translated into English). On his site we read: "I write for the restless. For the eternal seekers. Always apostates. I write for the other. I also write for anyone else who deviates."
Said El Haji (1976, Morocco) is a writer, publicist, columnist, blogger and a (writing) teacher. He studied Dutch language and literature in Leiden and won the El Hizjra encouragement prize for his story The Little Hamid in 2000. This story turned into his debut novel The days of Shaitan (2000), which caused a lot of media attention and has (already) been published in French. Said El Haji also works as a columnist for numerous regional and national newspapers and magazines, and as an editor of the literary-journalistic magazine Passionate Magazine. He published Divine Devil and The announcement and Arise and live, father.
Artwork by Trijntje Noske & Leonie Schneider
Poster by Gilles De Brock