De Facto explores the realm of unrecognized states, fictional countries and curious border zones. On July 13 we had a great evening with talks, art and film at De Roode Bioscoop in Amsterdam.
What happens to a community when identity and nationality do not match? We interviewed historian Thomas von der Dunk who wrote a book about the contested region of South Tyrol. He explained why inhabitants argue that ‘Süd Tirol ist nicht Italien’ and how you can still find the differences between the communities in the details, like the way they use their balconies.
Film maker Ineke Smits showed several poetic clips from her documentary Little Man, Time and the Troubadour, that tells the story of one of the most famous artists of Abkhazia. What is it like to live in this de facto state in the Caucasus, and how does the political situation impact the lives of the people in this region?
And what about the kalashnikov on the coin of Cabinda, the disputed exclave of Angola? Floor Koomen went into the details and searched for the issuer of this coin, who happened to be a con man who presented himself as the Duke of Cabinda, representing the national bank too. He sold bonds, stamps, crude oil, and this coin - and is now a doctor in Brazil.
Is there really a micronation within the Dutch borders? Yes, there is. Jorie Horsthuis took us to the founders of EuroStaete and told us about her rather tense encounter with these curious men. Read her full story here to see how it ended.
Last but not least, Suzanne Hendriks invited us to her quiz about the numerous ways countries try to solve border issues without going to war. Her questions led to fierce discussions among the audience, especially when it came to the time zones of Antarctica.
Our next event will be on September 22 in De Roode Bioscoop. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about the program. See you there!