Sustain to Jalila Baccar and Fadhel Jaïbi. Tunisian drama writers and theatre directors.

Sustain to Jalila Baccar and Fadhel Jaïbi. Tunisian drama writers and theatre directors. We have just learned that, the Consultative Commission called “d'orientation théâtrale" in Tunisia has recommended the censorship of the Play “Khamsoun” (“Corps otages”) .This recommendation is fully effective since it has been ratified by the Ministry of Culture.
Needless to remember that the authors of this play, Jalila Baccar and Fadhel Jaïbi, have been at the heart of the theater rebirth in Tunisia as well as in the rest of the Arab world. For the last 35 years, through each of their stage creations, they have never stopped stiring up the world of the Theatre and injecting new impulse to it. They have fed and enrichened it by scenographical innovations unveiling the failures, the gaps, and the make believes of the Society they live in. Moreover, their numerous performances have been worldwide acclaimed. Those of you who have had the chance to applaud them on the occasion of their latest * now banned * play at the Odéon Théâtre de l'Europe in Paris in June have been impressed by its high literary and artistically quality as well as by the soundness of its political dimension. Indeed, this play reflects, through the pure magic of theater tools the violence of radicalism and the creeping ideology lying underneath it, legitimizing crime. How can a regime supposedly based on modernity deprive citizens it is ruling from a performance aiming at raising their awareness of the root causes of a crisis which jeopardizes progress, encourages regression and endangers the future? We strongly condemn this act of censorship which deprives the artists from their source of living and above all, from their very reason to live.
(23/11/2006)

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