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Appreciation for Mouhamadou Diol's work at the Khulumani Forum Theatre Group

Khulumani expresses its appreciation for the work that Mouhamadou Diol is doing in driving forward the work we do through Forum Theatre as a developmental tool for the Victim Empowerment Program. For the last two months, Diol has been working intensively with a group of 25 young people from Soweto. The group, known as Khulumani Forum Theatre Group have developed skills in leadership, group dynamics, as well as artistic skills such as stage craft, acting, script writing, production and direction.

 

Forum Theatre is a form of community interactive theatre that is under the umbrella of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed. Diol has been working with this tool of community engagement for many years now, and has produced over 185 productions on a large variety of subjects. In Soweto, the group, under Diol's direction are writing performances on Indentity, HIV and Reparations. Funded by AusAid, (Australian Government's International Aid organisation), the group will perform to ten communities in August 2012.

Diol has a particular interest in HIV Aids and is a member of Senegal's equivalent to the National Aids Council in his country. Recently he has presented in Cape Town at the African Theatre Association Conference on "Scientific Mediation" which brings the science around HIV and Aids to the non-scientist. Through drama, storytelling and art therapy,  members of the community effected by HIV, can have a greater understanding of what is happening to their bodies. Diol has also extensive  expertise in Conflict and Peace studies.

Diol has been able to travel to South Africa from his home country of Senegal through the sponsorship from Arts Move Africa. He arrived in May 2012.

Khulumani Youth Forum Theatre is invited to the SEX ACTUALLY Launch & Several Workshops

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In Memory of Robin Williams

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A prayer posted by Christine Sine which she wrote while thinking about the impact Robin Williams (the actor in Good Will Hunting and many other films) whose death has been devastating for many following his suicide this week. Robin Williams took his own life in a battle with major depression. In Khulumani, we too know the terrible impact of brokenness and pain.

God we know the wounds our world can inflict,
And have felt the heartache of its brokenness.
Let us have eyes to see and ears to hear,
That pain can give birth to laughter,
That humour often hides our fears.
Let us look at sorrow and anguish and not blink.
Accepting responsibility let us become pilgrims in the ruins,
Choosing to respond with love and compassion,
To all who are hurting and in pain.

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