Theater: Islamic propaganda 'like sand in the eyes'

Play by Lebanon's Mroue at Naples theater festival

14 June, 12:26

    NAPLES - Exploring propaganda and videos through which Islamist extremists enroll militants is at the center of a play - 'Sand in the eyes' - to debut in Naples as part of the Italia theater festival.
    The author and director of the play is Lebanon's Rabih Mroué whose work embraces visual and performing arts.
    Mroué, who was born in Beirut and lives in Berlin, worked on documents obtained from Germany's secret services, exploring the communication strategies to enroll Islamic extremists through video images, investigating on what these videos reveal about their creators and their attraction for young people.
    Mroué, a contributor for magazines ''The Drama Review /TDR'' in New York and ''Kalamon'' based in Beirut, doesn't only explore Islamists' strategies but also the way in which society deals with the issue of propaganda in the play at the Trianon Viviani theater.
    Based on documents provided by German intelligence, the work also explores policies and social dynamics to juxtapose the personal and political dimensions. Mroué is the co-founder of the Beirut Art Center and is among artists active in Beirut in the 1990s who became renowned at an international level.
    His work, presented at the MoMa in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, explores the memory of the civil war that rocked Lebanon from 1975 until 1990.

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