The State of the World - Sarah Mani


The State of the World - Sarah Mani

Nederlands Theater Festival


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The State of the World - Sarah Mani
Nederlands Theater Festival

In the interview programme The State of the World, an important foreign artist reflects on the role of the arts and the Netherlands in the world. Our guest this year is award-winning Afghan filmmaker Sahra Mani. Her documentary Bread and Roses recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Festival Nederlands Theater Festival

Run time 60 minutes
Genre Perspective

The State of the World

Bread and Roses
paints a powerful picture of the struggles of three women in Afghanistan since the Taliban returned to power in 2021. It is a raw, intimate portrayal of their harrowing situation in which you see the impact of losing basic rights. Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence, producer of Bread and Roses, says: "You don't see this side of the story, women fighting back, in the news every day and it's an important part of our film, and the stories of these women."
Sahra Mani on the State of the World: "A huge problem is the lack of news in the Western media about the Afghan people under Taliban dictatorship and especially about the women's situation. I would love doing this programme and we can hopefully bring Afghanistan back into the eyes of the public and policy makers."

Last year, The State of the World interviewed Pussy Riot leader and activist Maria Alyokhina. This programme is held in English.
The State of the World is organised in cooperation with De Balie.


For 11 days - from 7 to 17 September 2023 - the Nederlands Theater Festival will present this season's finest performances. The festival also showcases successful new developments in theatre, is at the forefront of the conversation about the role of theatre in society and blurs boundaries between different art disciplines. Traditionally, the festival opens with the Staat van het Theater and closes with the Gala van het Nederlands Theater, where the most important theatre awards are presented.

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