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Film booth on campus: Check out Felix's story!

Friday, 24 November, 2017 - 14:00 to Friday, 12 January, 2018 - 11:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
@ Infopunt
short film installation

Short film, big message!

From 24 November 2017 till 12 January 2018 onward, a special installation will be brought to the VUB Sciences, Humanities and Engineering Campus. It is a film booth with a short film in it, but with a large message. 

The initiative comes from the Scholars at Risk network, an international organisation which protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging temporary research and teaching positions at institutions inside their network, as well as by providing advisory and referral services.  VUB is a member, and rightly so. The university’s founding principles (Poincaré’s speech in 1918) clearly state the values and commitment in defending academic freedom, and this is exactly why in 2011 the VUB joined the Scholars at Risk network.

From 2015 till 2017 the VUB hosted Dr Felix Kaputu, a Congolese scholar who was falsely accused of supporting rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was forced to flee the country due to inhumane treatment, which included confinement and denial of access to basic needs.

Felix’s story has been transformed into a short film which will be shown on the VUB main campus from 24 November 2017 till 12 January 2018.

The booth, where you can sit on a small bench, watch and through headphones listen to Felix’s story, will be located at the Infopunt in building D. 

There will be an interactive lunchtime workshop hosted by Robert Quinn, executive director of Scholars at Risk network, on campus on 30 November, from 12:00 till 14.30. More information and to register: http://www.vub.ac.be/events/2017/doctor-honoris-causa-day-ever-engaging-...

Read more about the idea behind this Film booth and Felix's story on VUB Today.