Om Layoun | Film Screening

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Om Layoun | Film Screening

We are excited to partner with OMAM for a film premiere in Belgium of Habib Ayeb’s latest documentary Om Layoun – The Mother of Springs. 

This feature-length documentary film aims to open a societal debate, in Tunisia and elsewhere, on the absolute and urgent need to better manage available water resources, through the adoption of new economic models oriented towards more water, ecological, social, intergenerational and economic justice.  

The film will be shown in Arabic with English subtitles and followed by a discussion with Habib Ayeb moderated by Olçay Bingöl to engage questions of water, land and food sovereignty as well as environmental justice.

 Join us on April 28 at 19PM 

Om Layoun is based on a simple idea: water is a common good for all of humanity, and access to it, in line with needs, is a fundamental human right that should not suffer any preconditions. As a necessary condition for biological and social life, water must not be considered a marketable commodity, as it is today. This is what Om Layoun tries to demonstrate, discuss, and defend by showing situations of scandalous waste and/or shocking deprivation induced by the internal mechanisms of the water market and, more generally, by the dominant extractivist economic model, situations exacerbated by the effects of climate change. Filmed in Tunisia, Om Layoun starts from the local to address the global and uses numerous "Tunisian" situations to discuss the issue in its diversity and complexity, which goes far beyond national borders.

Habib Ayeb
 is a geographer, researcher and professor emeritus at the University of Paris 8 in Saint-Denis. He is also a founding member of the Observatory for Food Sovereignty and the Environment - OSAE. His interests include food sovereignty, the environment, peasant issues, climate change, marginality and poverty, and the dynamics of resistance. His latest publication is the book Food Insecurity and Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa. Agrarian Questions in Egypt and Tunisia, London, Anthem Press, 2019 (with Ray Bush). He is also a committed documentary film maker which has produced Couscous: Seeds of Dignity (2017), Fellahin (2014), Gabes Labess (2014).

Olcay Bingöl, graduated as training specialist from Ankara University in Turkey and had the opportunity to work as a campaigner and trainer in several feminist, ecology, farmers' and workers' rights organizations both in professional and volunteer bases since 1998. Currently she is working as an international policy officer at the regional office of La Via Campesina in Brussels; European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), a social movement, which brings together 182 peasants’ organizations around the world. Olcay is also a member of a researchers' cooperative called Yerkure, which works on producing data-based knowledge for institutions, academia and policy makers that operate in the national and international arena regarding the local, rural, urban and all other spaces of life.

Date & Time
April 28, 2022
7:00 PM 9:00 PM Europe/Brussels

Lagrange Points Brussels

Rue des tanneurs 114
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