Zaoui joins human rights line-up
Ahmed Zaoui is among poets performing at an evening to mark Courage Day in Auckland next 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 Au- thors 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, Latin musicians and local poets.
Mr Zaoui, who was imprisoned for two years after being deemed a security risk by New Zealand authorities, is now studying English at AUT and will read in Arabic. Other poets to read include Selina Marsh, Rosemary Menzies, Mua Strickson Pua and Tracey Tawhiao.
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 will be available at the community centre, 20 Ponsonby Tce.