Wednesday, September 7, 5:00 pm, Central OBA (public library Amsterdam)

Film screening and artist talk: In my dreams I want to become a tourist

The Rwandan government closes all orphanages because they do not fit the new (economic) status the country aspires. The children are better off with their own family or a foster family, is their argument.

Photographer Anaïs López, journalist Paulien Bakker and filmmaker Anisleidy Martínez followed the brothers Hirwa (13) and Jean-Cloude (11) as they went back to their mother Fareeda. Fareeda is 27 years old and too poor to care for them. Still, she is forced to take the boys in. The brothers begin laboriously to a new life in her small cabin with single bed. Will they make it together?

The 24-minute film is the heart of the exhibition and will be screened during the opening. Presenter Andrea van der Pol questions the makers: what position do you take in as Westerner if you’re reporting on vulnerable African children?

See the trailer here:

And visit the website:

Or read the article:


Sep 7, 5 pm Oba central. Location: Haase / Vestdijk Hall, 6th floor, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam,

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