RunoReflex: Poetry and Film 20.3.2017 | 18-21h International Cultural Centre Caisa’s Lobby, 2nd floor Mikonkatu 17 C/Vuorikatu 14 Helsinki Free entrance / Vapaa pääsy Runoreflex brings together poetry and films by international authors and filmakers living in Finland and Sweden. A ‘Live experimental poetry reading’ in Russian, Arabic, Spanish with translations into Finnish, Swedish and English. The word ‘reflex’ refers to a game related to camera devices and the projection of the films. Poets Polina Kopylova (RU/FI), Tammam Hunaidy (SY/SE), الشاعر عادل الشرقي Adel Al Sharki (IQ/FI) and Lalo Barrubia (UR/SE) will present their poems accompanied by Colombian cellist Sergio Castrillón and Iraqi musician Ali Haithem. Short Films: رسالة إلى أوباما ‘Letter to Obama’ by Mohanad Salahat فيلم لـ مهند صلاحات In a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, two boys decided to send a message to the American president Barak Obama through his Facebook page. They ask him, as the president of the United States, to intervene and end the siege on the Gaza Strip, and they invite him and his wife to visit the Strip and witness people’s hardships there. But they never receive a response. They decide to use a small video camera to record a very angry video message addressed to Barak Obama from the people of the camp. In Arabic with English subtitles. ‘The journey of a broken bird’: a poetry film based on the work of Burmese refugee writer Ye Yint Thet Zwe who lives in Finland. Last summer, Sivuvalo published his book ‘We Hate War, Mother’, a poetry compilation in Burmese, Finnish and English. The movie is made by Jaime Culebro, Paola Figueroa and Ye Yint Thet Zwe. In Burmese with English subtitles. Organizers: Sivuvalo, Caisa and NolitchX (Nordic Literatures in Change and Exchange) with the support of Nordic Culture Point and Nordic Culture Fund.