Zaoui’s show of Courage
Ahmed Zaoui is among poets performing at an evening to mark Courage Day in Auckland on Saturday.
The international event commemorates writers who have been imprisoned for speaking out against human rights injustices.
The day is named for James Courage, whose books were banned for their homosexual content.
An Independent Mind, a documentary by Rex Bloomstein, will be screened by branches of the New Zealand Society of Authors around the country. The film will be screened at the Ponsonby Community Centre during an evening of music, poetry and politics.
Organiser Sue Gee says telling stories can help build bridges across political, ethnic and cultural divides.
Performers include tabla players, Chinese opera singers, musicians and poets.
Mr Zaoui, who was imprisoned for two years after being deemed a security risk by New Zealand authorities, is studying English and will read in Arabic.
The film screens at 5.30pm followed by a panel discussion, with music, poetry and politics to follow at 7.30pm.
Tickets are $25 and can be bought from the Women’s Bookshop, Ponsonby Rd, or phone Sue Gee on 836-3099.
Limited door sales at the community centre, 20 Ponsonby Tce.