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Nazmiye Oral

Nazmiye Oral - foto Benny Stroet
Nazmiye Oral - foto Benny Stroet

is a writer, actress and playwright. She made her debut in 2011 with the novel Zehra about a Turkish girl who is disowned because she is different. In all her work she poses one central question: how to relate to those with different opinions without denying yourself? As an actress Nazmiye Oral played in Oesters van Nam Kee, Combat, Hertenkamp and Baantjer. Furthermore she toured the Netherlands, Belgium and America with Gesluierde Monologen (Veiled Monologues). One of the monologues – about a wife who has lost contact with her husband – she wrote herself. In 2010 Retour Hollands Spoor had its première, her second play for the Nationale Toneel which she wrote with Gerard-Jan Rijnders. She was a guest in TV interview programme Zomergasten (Summer Guests) in 2020.

(WN 2021)

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  • Winternachten 2021

    #TheFutureIsFemale: The Female Convention

    With: Dilâra Gürcü, Kaouthar Darmoni, Laura van Dolron, Mithu Sanyal, Mona Eltahawy, Nazmiye Oral, Nicole le Fever, Zsófia Bán

    Watch here the keynote speech Love Politics by the German writer, journalist and cultural scientist Nithu Sanyal.

    It's up to us. This is what women in Poland and Turkey are demanding in their protests for gender equality and for better protection against violence. The ruling right-wing nationalist politicians in their countries want to withdraw from the so-called Istanbul Convention. This human rights convention of the Council of Europe is the world's first binding instrument to prevent and tackle violence against women. Some governments doubt the "moral implications" of this important milestone and even believe that it could be "harmful" to their societies.

    In The Female Convention, we analyzed the demonstrations and gave a voice to authors. In short: we employed literature to make the convention tangible and to breathe new life into it. This program featuring strong women and political current affairs was hosted by journalist Nicole le Fever and has been made by programme maker and writer Meltem Halaceli. Those interested could take part actively by joining the chat session, hosted by theatre maker and stand-up philosopher Laura van Dolron.

    Nicole le Fever and Turkish writer, psychologist and feminist Dilâra Gürcü zoomed in on the protests in Turkey, but also on the means of protest and the role of writers and artists in this matter. Gürcü provided an impressive testimony of her life, which has changed dramatically since 2013.

    The Hungarian writer and literary critic Zsófia Bán told us how she claims women's rights with the sharpness and imagination of language.

    Egyptian-American journalist, writer and feminist Mona Eltahawy made it crystal clear by means of a video message that the convention does not do sufficient justice to refugees and women without residence permits, or who depend on their partners for their residence status.

    We also spoke to Kaouthar Darmoni, CEO of Atria, Institute on gender equality and women's history in Amsterdam, and to actor and writer Nazmiye Oral about the role they can and want to play in this debate. How do they voice their activism and feminism from their positions?

    Next, we zoomed out to a "politics of love" with the German writer, journalist and cultural scientist Mithu Sanyal. Her books Vulva (2009) and Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (2019) explore how our society has dealt with sexual violence for centuries, and what that says about our beliefs on sex, sexuality and gender. Her video-essay is an inspiring and confrontational report by a driven researcher about her investigation into love as a political force.

    Read here the contribution by Mithu Sanyal written for this programme on request of the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague.

    (Find the Dutch-language version here/Lees hier de Nederlandstalige versie)

    Read and watch on here:

    Zsófia Bán

    Laura van Dolron

    Kaouthar Darmoni
    website Atria - Institute on gender equality and women's history

    Mona Eltahawy
    website: FEMINIST GIANT newsletter
    Video: Mona Eltahawys video-essays, among which FEMINIST GIANT

    Dilâra Gürcü
    Articles by Gürcü at online magazine sister-hood
    Gürcüs webpage at INSEAD - The Business School for the World, Paris

    Meltem Halaceli
    Meltem Halaceli's publications at Dutch online news portal De Correspondent

    MIthu Sanyal
    Video: Mithu Sanyal in conversation with Verso on her book Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo
    Articles by Mithu Sanyal in The Guardian

  • Winternachten 2012 – Winternacht 1

    The Dutch Spring

    The Arab Spring created a stir in the Netherlands. Perhabs secretly we long for a Dutch Spring too. What would our country look like after such a spring? Writers, tell us!

  • Winternachten 2012 – Winternacht 1

    VPRO De Avonden

    In the square in front of the theatre there is De Kas. The whole evening Jeroen van Kan talks with writers at the festival for the VPRO radio programme De Avonden Live. Visitors are allowed to peek freely and listen in. In Dutch and English.

    21.17: Bernice Chauly
    21.35: Ghalia Benali
    22.05: Bejan Matur
    22.15: Rodaan Al Galidi and Chika Unigwe
    22.35: Nazmiye Oral and Kader Abdolah

  • Winternachten 2011

    VPRO OVT Live

    With: Asis Aynan, Ernest van der Kwast, Marlon Titre, Mathijs Deen, Nazmiye Oral, Nelleke Noordervliet, Paul van der Gaag, Wim Tigges

    As usual the VPRO history programme OVT broadcasts from cafe Dudok as part of Writers Unlimited - Winternachten Festival The Hague. This time the programme will go in search of great expectations and Utopias from the past. Live music by Marlon Titre. Hosts: Paul van der Gaag and Mathijs Deen. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2011 – Winternacht 2

    Literature: The Great Whitewasher

    The writers Nazmiye Oral, Ernest van der Kwast and Ger Beukenkamp all write about family; Oral especially in her columns, Van der Kwast in his novel Mama Tandoori and Beukenkamp in scripts like De Kroon (The Crown) and Den Uyl en de affaire Lockheed. (Den Uyl and the Lockheed Affair). Oral's latest novel revolves around forgiveness, among other things. Scriptwriter and playwright Ger Beukenkamp likes to play political and constitutional dramas down to recognizable dilemmas of faithfulness, loyalty and love between spouses and their children. Asis Aynan will ask the writers about the whitewashing of (family) histories with literature and other forms of narration. Can writing be a form of forgiveness? In Dutch.