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Wednesday 8 May: Rage Becomes Her - Soraya Chemaly and Sunny Bergman


American author and activist Soraya Chemaly and Dutch documentary filmmaker Sunny Bergman enter into a conversation about anger as a tool for positive change.
Chemaly wrote the international bestseller Rage Becomes Her, and we know Sunny Bergman from her provocative documentaries like Man Made, Our Colonial Hangover, and Sletvrees. Host is Mirthe Frese. This event will be conducted in English.

B-Unlimited | Rage Becomes Her | Wednesday 8 May | 20.30 - 22.00 hrs | Central Library | Spui 68 Den Haag | Free entrance for students , 7,- for members library, Ooievaarspas and CJP. Regular tickets 10,- | tickets via

"Women are angry, and it isn't hard to figure out why," Chemaly says. They are underpaid, thwarted, diminished, and overworked. Assertive women are labeled bitches, while expressive women are considered too emotional. If they have an opinion, they best keep it to themselves. Chemaly not only believes that women's anger is justified, but also that it can be a powerful tool for positive change. She calls it a force for creation, the best weapon against oppression. In early April, meanwhile, Sunny Bergman released her documentary on masculinity, Man Made, to great media fanfare. In one double interview (alongside comedian Theo Maassen) for the Volkskrant newspaper she explained why she made the film now: "At this point, I thought it was high time to address men: 'If you don't change, we cannot make society a better place for our children.'"

Soraya Chemaly is an American writer and activist and focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion and media. She is the director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project. She has previously published in Time, The Guardian, The Nation and HuffPost. She has won various social prizes for her work.

Sunny Bergman is a Dutch actress, programme maker, reporter and film director. Bergman can usually be seen in her documentaries and the films often cause a stir in the public debate. A few examples: White is also a color and Man Made.

Mirthe Frese is a programme maker at De Balie. In 2018 she wrote and played her first solo performance, Retourtje Polen, for Theater Na de Dam. Her historic family novel will be published in the summer of 2020.

Event curated by Ilonka Reintjens (Writers Unlimited)
Books for sale courtesy of De Vries Van Stockum Books

Writers Unlimited Gemeente Den Haag Fonds 1818 Bibliotheek Den Haag