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Platform to get involved: Cinemaximiliaan behind the screen






































































Cinemaximiliaan organises many regular screenings in asylum centers all over Belgium, as well as pop-up cinemas at private homes

and excursions to museums and exhibitions: these dates are popping up on a short notice! Here we keep the overview up to date.


Film screenings in refugee reception centers:


September 6 - October 1, 2015:

Daily Film Screenings at Maximiliaan Park, Brussels


October 1, 2015 - February 18, 2016:

Daily Film Screenings at Maximiliaan Hall, Brussels


October 17, 2015 - Now:

Regular film screenings (weekly, two weekly or monthly) in various refugee reception centres:

- Sint Niklaas (Westakkers)

- Lombardsijde

- Namur (Belgrade)

- Houthalen-Helchteren

- Antwerpen (Broechem)

- Brussel (Klein Kasteeltje)

- Hechtel-Eksel

- Ghent (OC Reno)

- Lubbeek

- Dendermonde

- Poelkapelle

- Sainte-Ode

- Koksijde

- Jette

- Jodoigne...


Programs in private homes:



January 21, 7 pm: home of Bart and Eva, Brussels. Film: "Divine Intervention" by Elia Suleiman (PS)

February 5, 5 pm: home of Lydia, Brussels. Film: "Eastern Drift" by Sharunas Bartas (FR/LT/RU)

February 13: home of Nina, Brussels. TBA

February 18: home of Liesl, Brussels. TBA



Programs in cultural venues:


> 2015

November 12, 2:00 pm: Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels

November 14, 11.00 am: Visit to exhibition "A Line is a line is a line", CC Strombeek, Grimbergen

December 3, 8:00 pm: Screening of Short films at OFFoff Cinema, Ghent

December 4, 2:00 pm: Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent


> 2016

January 10, 2:00 pm: Screening of "Io sto con la sposa - On the Bride's Side" at Bozar Cinema, Brussels

January 26, 10:00 am: Visit to the exhibition "A Bottom Line" with Philippe Van Cauteren, workshop with Hidde Van Schie at SMAK, Ghent

February 24, 8:00 pm: Private screening of the film "The Return to Homs" in Brussels

March 4, 7:00 pm: Opening of Cinemaximiliaan Charity Exhibition at Villa Empain, Brussels.

March 8, 8:00 pm: Visit to the performance "Badke" at KVS, Brussels.

March 26, 7.30 pm: Opening Cinemaximiliaan Charity Exhibition at Z33, Hasselt

April 20, 8.00 pm: Lecture and debate by Ayham Seif Eddin (SY/BE) at Muntpunt Brussels - POSTPONED

May 1, 7:00 pm: Visit to "Kakuma: Invisible City" at STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven

May 2, 8.00 pm: Belgian Premiere 'The Emigrants' at Bozar cinema, Brussels

May 4, 7.00 pm: "Four O'clock in Paradise” by Mohamed Abdulaziz at RITCS Cinema, Brussels

May 6, 8:00 pm: Open conversation "Artistic Practices in Conflicted Zones" at the opening of Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels

May 12, 2:30 pm - 3.30 pm: Visit to Exhibition "From Floris to Rubens" at Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels

May 12, 6:00 pm: "Hausbesuch" reading by Najem Wali (IQ) in collaboration with Goethe Institut Brussels

May 21, 8.30 pm: Performances by Mohamed Aukal (PS/BE), Hussein Rassim (IQ/BE) and Shalan Alhamwy (SY/BE) & guests at Kaaistudio's, Brussels

May 25, 8:00 pm: Hello from the other side: Europe, Migration, and The Emperor’s New Clothes / A talk by Marko Stamenkovic, at Platform Citoyenne by Jubilee vzw, Brussels

May 29, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Finissage of Cinemaximiliaan Charity Exhibition with workshops, guided tours and film screenings at Z33, Hasselt

June 5, 2:00 pm: Private Recital by Shalan Alhamwy in Dilbeek

June 6, 3:00 pm: Special screening and debate “The Land Of The Enlightened” by Pieter-Jan De Pue (BE) at Sphinx Cinema, Ghent, in presence of the director

June 8, 10:50 am - 12:30 pm: Lecture by Yazan Rajab at Steinerspchool De Es, Antwerp

June 8, 8:30 pm: Special screening and debate "The Land of the Enlightened" by Pieter-Jan De Pue (BE) at De Roma, Antwerp, in presence of the director

June 11, 1:00 pm: "Homeland: Iraq Year Zero" by Abbas Fahdel (IQ/FR) in collaboration with Courtisane at Bozar cinema, Brussels, in presence of the director

June 20, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm: "World Newcomers Day" with talks, exhibition visits, concerts and encounters at SMAK, Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent

June 30, 8.00 pm: Concert by Hussein Rassim (IQ/BE) at Pianofabriek, Brussels

September 10, 4:00 pm: "Homeland. Iraq Year Zero" by Abbas Fahdel (IQ/FR) at Cinema Nova. In presence of the director

September 11, 4:00 pm: Special screening of raw footage shot by newcomers in Belgium, in presence of Abbas Fahdel

September 24: Opening of "Wijde Wereld Weken" by Cinemaximiliaan at Cultuurcentrum Strombeek, Grimbergen

October 5, 7:00 pm: Screening and Debate around 'Djomeh' by Hassan Yektapanah at Villa Empain, Brussels

October 22, 6:30 pm: Screening of video material at "Iraq Day," in collaboration with Plateforme Citoyenne de Soutien aux Refugiés, Brussels

November 4, 8:00 pm: Concert by Saif Al-Qaissy (IQ/BE) and Bassel Sukkar (SY/BE) at GC De Maalbeek, Brussels

November 6, 1:00 pm: Pop-up cinema "Our City" by Maria Tarantino, followed by Q&A with Koen Boelen

November 13-16: Tour through various refugee centers with Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (IRN) and Farzaneh Davoodi (IR) with the film "Sonita"

November 14, 6:00 pm: Screening and debate of "Sonita" by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (IRN) at Cinema Galeries, Brussels. In presence of the director

November 16, 7:00 pm: Screening and debate of "The Land of the Enlightened" by Pieter-Jan De Pue at CC Belgica, Dendermonde. In presence of the director

November 28, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Masterclass Fiction Film at LUCA School of Arts, supervised by Gust Van den Berghe (BE)

December 10, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: "Syria Day" at Plateforme Citoyenne à l'aide aux refugiés. Film projections and debates.

December 11, 2:00 pm: Concert at the church of Sint Anna Pede with Bassel Sukkar (SY/BE), Shalan Alhamwy(SY/BE) and Caroline Deslee (BE) with Davidsfonds Itterbeek

December 21, 7:00 pm: Screening and debate of "The Emigrants" by Mohamed Abdulaziz (SY) in the presence of actor Mohamed Alarashi (SY) at RITCS Cinema

December 24, 2:00 pm-2:00 am: Cinemaximiliaan Christmas Party at La Salle Dublin, In Ixelles.


> 2017

January 21, 7:00 pm: Pop-up cinema at the house of Eva and Bart (Brussels) "Divine Intervention" by Elia Suleiman

January 28, 6:00 pm: Pop-up cinema at the house of Wouter Hessels (Brussels) with silent films from Brussels

February 1, 6:00 pm: First meeting for Music for Silent Film Project, at rehearsal studio Globe Aroma.

March 4: PostX, Ghent.

March 20: "L'étranger" by Kenneth Michiels at GC Everna

April 23, 5:00 pm: Workshop with filmmaker Ossama Mohammed at Cinema Nova

April 27, 5:30 pm: screening at Odisee, Brussels. TBA



Many more dates to come - stay updated here!





Cinemaximiliaan grew out of a volunteering initiative, and its spirit is very much based on the positive energy with which every individual contributes its part to the project. Cinemaximiliaan is an associative and dynamic organisation, and so are the people involved in the project. Everybody is welcome to join at any point!

















Gwendolyn, artist and filmmaker (BE), Gawan, art historian and film critic (BE)



Terry, accountant (BE), Quinten, filmmaker (BE), Dirk, communications manager (BE), Ayham, aid worker and international relations student (SY), Louay, aid worker and film student (SY), Lubnan, shoemaker and actor (IQ), Ayman, nurse and dancer (PS), Shamsia, social worker (AFG), Ali, journalist (AFG), Reza, graphic designer (AFG/IRN), Batul, teacher (AFG/IRN), Abdullah, cook (IQ), Bassel, sound designer (SY), Daphne, filmmaker (NL), Anna, language teacher (BE), Frederike, social worker (BE), Sheri, labourer (AFG), Lotte, filmmaker (BE), Agata, curator (PL), Aukje, artist (NL), Elke, journalist (BE), Karar, truck driver (IQ), Abbas, barber (IQ), Gailan, airconditioning technician (IQ), Yusur, geometry student (IQ), Javid, photographer (AFG), June, sociology student (SGP), Fatma (SO), Hala, social geography student (LBN), Adrian, human right’s activist (MX), Emma, artist (NL), Marie-Laurence, social worker (BE), Mahmood, student (AFG), Ghulam, student (AFG), Sandra, filmmaker (NL), Ruchira, translator (IN), Ben, computer scientist (BE), Korneel, photographer (BE), Saif, musician (IQ), Fanny, social worker (BE), Ali, painter (IQ), Ella, student architect (BE), Azmi, engineer (SY), Constance, student juriste (BE), Tareq and Ahmed, airconditioning technician (IQ), Maria, international affairs officer (SY/SE), Katrien, curator (NL), Flo, filmmaker (BE), Cathérine, artist (BE), Annemie, tour manager and teacher (BE), Kym, artist (UK), Mehdi, journalist (MAR/BE), Matthias, film scholar and filmmaker (BE), Haider, instrument maker (IQ), Shadan and Nagham, teachers and social workers (SY), Shalan, musician and composer (SY), Nedjma, dramaturge (AL/BE), Joëlle, landscape architect and social worker (BE), Hanana, social worker (MAR/BE), Ophélie, social worker (BE), Ahmed, veterinary (IQ), Firas, monteur (IQ),…


and many many more…





Donations are welcome on following bank account:

Cinemaximiliaan vzw

Manchesterstraat 36

BE- 1080 Brussels


IBAN: BE65 0017 8222 9496



VAT: BE06 4969 7486


We also accept donations of chairs, blankets, beamers, portable speakers, set lights, curtains....




Cinemaximiliaan thanks the many individual and institutional supporters of the initiative through crowdfunding with growfunding and kisskissbankbank.


Cinemaximiliaan received generous institutional support of: Beursschouwburg, Bozar Cinema, CC Strombeek, Cinema For All, Cinema Galeries, Cinema Nova,

Cinema RITCS, Charleroi Danses/ La Raffinerie, Courtisane, Davidsfonds Itterbeek, Fondation Boghossian/Villa Empain, Fondation Henri Servais, GC De Maelbeek, GC Everna, Goethe Institut Brüssel, G.S.A.R.A., Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Muntpunt, Odisee, Pianofabriek, SMAK, Steinerschool De Es, CINEA, Z33 huis voor actuele kunst.


Cinemaximiliaan was awarded the "Cultuurprijs 2015" by the Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz.


Cinemaximiliaan is supported by:











Cinemaximiliaan is a pop-up cinema for and with newcomers in Belgium. We started in an improvised refugee camp at the Maximiliaan park in Brussels with daily film screenings. Cinemaximiliaan quickly grew to become a vast network of volunteers, mainly filmmakers, artists and cinephiles, amongst them many newcomers. Cinemaximiliaan offers a ‘living room', meanwhile showing films in various remote asylum centers around Belgium on a regular basis, where there is a need for distraction and cultural exchange. We also organise many events, film screenings in real cinemas and at people's homes, music and dance performances, debates, lectures, masterclasses and exhibitions, welcoming newcomers to take part and to help shape cultural life in Belgium. It offers space for many encounters and occasions through which newcomers can continue their path in a new homeland.