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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:


> 2015:

September 6 - October 1: Daily Film Screenings at Maximiliaan Park, Brussels

October 1 - February 18: Daily Film Screenings at Maximiliaan Hall, Brussels


October 17, 7:00 pm: Sint Niklaas (Westakkers)

December 16, 7:00 pm: Brussels (Petit Chateau)

December 18, 7:00 pm: Sint Niklaas (Westakkers)


> 2016:

January 15, 7:00 pm: Lombardsijde

January 17, 7:00 pm: Sint Niklaas (Westakkers)

January 17, 15:00 pm: Namur (Belgrade)

January 22, 7:00 pm: Lombardsijde

February 3, 7:00 pm: Sint Niklaas (Westakkers)

February 5, 7:00 pm: Lombardsijde

February 12, 7:00 pm: Lombardsijde

February 19, 7:00 pm: Lombardsijde

February 28, 7:00 pm: Houthalen-Helchteren

March 11, 7:00 pm: Broechem

March 17, 7:00 pm: Sint Niklaas (Westakkers)

April 4, 7.00 pm: Ghent (Ponton)

April 6, 7.00 pm: Broechem

April 9, 7:00 pm: Sint Niklaas (Westakkers)

April 10, 7:00 pm: Houthalen-Helchteren

April 11, 7:00 pm: Ghent (Ponton)

April 16, 3.00 pm: Lubbeek

April 28, 7:00 pm: Brussels (Petit Château)

April 29: 7:00 pm: Broechem

May 1, 7:00 pm: Hechtel-Eksel

May 2, 7:00 pm: Ghent (Ponton)

May 4, 7:00 pm: Broechem

May 5, 7:00 pm: Sint Niklaas (Westakkers)

May 9, 7:00 pm: Ghent (Ponton)

May 20, 7:00 pm: Broechem

May 26, 7:00 pm: Sint Niklaas (Westakkers)

June 1, 7:00 pm: Broechem

June 17, 7:00 pm: Dendermonde

June 17, 7:00 pm: Broechem

July 4, 7:00 pm: Ghent (Ponton)

July 7, 7:00 pm: Poelkapelle

July 14, 7:00 pm: Westakkers

July 18, 7:00 pm: Sainte-Ode

July 22, 7:00 pm: Lubbeek

July 27, 7:00 pm: Brussels (Petit Château)

August 11, 7:00 pm: Westakkers

August 19, 7:00 pm: Koksijde

August 26, 7:00 pm: Koksijde

Sept 9, 7:00 pm: Jette

Sept 24, 6:00 pm: Houthalen-Helchteren

Okt 16, 7:00 pm: Hechtel-Eksel

Okt 19, 8:00 pm: Ghent (Ponton)

Nov 13, 11 am: Lubbeek ("Sonita" in presence of the director)

Nov 13, 5 m: Lubbeek ("Sonita" in presence of the director)

Nov 15, 6:30 pm: Poelkapelle ("Sonita" in presence of the director)

Nov 16, 5 pm: Ghent (Ponton) ("Sonita" in presence of the director)



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 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

December 11, 2 pm: Concert at the church of Sint Anna Pede (TBA) in collaboration 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


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



Terry Simmons, accountant (BE), Quinten Wijns, filmmaker (BE), Dirk Vandervelden, communications manager (BE), Ayham Seif, aid worker and international relations student (SY), Louay Daboos, aid worker and film student (SY), Lubnan Al-Wazny, shoemaker (IQ), Ayman Al Tawil, nurse (PS), Shamsia Ahmadi Nijat, social worker (AFG), Ali Ahmadi Nijat, journalist (AFG), Reza Panahi, graphic designer (AFG/IRN), Batul Hossini, social worke r(AFG/IRN), Abdullah Fakri (IQ), Bassel Sukkar, sound designer (SY), Daphne van den Blink, filmmaker (NL), Anna Wouters, language teacher (BE), Frederike Masure, social worker (BE), Lotte Knaepen, filmmaker (BE), Agata Jastrzabek, curator (PL), Elke Mahieu, journalist (BE), Karar Fatlawi, truck driver (IQ), Abbas Alsajwari, barber (IQ), Gailan Albahrany, airconditioning technician (IQ), Yusur Albahrany, geometry student (IQ), Javid Karimy, photographer (AFG), June Lio ShuXin, sociology student (SGP), Hala Dela, social geography student (LBN), Adrian Torres, human right’s activist (MX), Emma Van der Put, artist (NL), Marie-Laurence Jacquemain, social worker (BE), Sandra Verkaart, filmmaker (NL), Ruchira Raychaudhuri, translator (IN), Ben De Pauw (BE), Korneel Boeve, photographer (BE), Fanny Broussan, public service worker (BE), Ali Sabri, painter (IQ), Ella Vanden Houte (BE), Azmi Rajab, engineer (SY), Constance Desmoort (BE), Maria Chalhoub, international affairs officer (SY/SE), Katrien Reist, curator (NL), Flo Flamme, filmmaker (BE), Cathérine Lommée, artist (BE), Kym Ward, artist (UK), Mehdi Kassou (MAR/BE),...


and many many more…





Donations are welcome on following bank account:

Cinemaximiliaan vzw

IBAN: BE65 0017 8222 9496



VAT: BE06 4969 7486


We also accept donations of DVD's, beamers, portable speakers, DVD players, HDMI / AV cables and suitcases.




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


Cinemaximiliaan received generous institutional support of: Bozar Cinema, CC Strombeek, Cinema Galeries, Cinema Nova, Cinema RITCS, Courtisane, Davidsfonds Itterbeek, Fondation Boghossian/Villa Empain, Fondation Henri Servais, GC De Maelbeek, GC Everna, Goethe Institut Brüssel, Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Muntpunt, Odisee, Pianofabriek, SMAK, Steinerschool De Es, Vlaamse Dienst voor Filmcultuur, Z33 huis voor actuele kunst.


Supported by Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie and Stad Brussel/Ville de Bruxelles.





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.