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Yesterday's Encounter

05.18.2024 02:00 PM

Event Summary

Anas encounters Walid Salem by coincidence in Berlin. He recognizes the man’s voice; he’s never seen his face. It is the voice of the man who supervised a violent interrogation of Anas, who was blindfolded, when he was arrested in Damascus over ten years ago. Anas makes a report. Proceedings are initiated. In preparation for the trial, both men have to reconstruct what they experienced at the time and bring back what has been suppressed and forgotten.

Can a court case be built on memories of events that took place over ten years ago in a place nobody can visit now? Who is telling the truth? And is there one truth? In this new play, which is inspired by a true event, Al Attar raises questions about the different meanings of justice, and the stories of the past that are impossible to bury without confronting them first.

Born in Damascus and now living in Berlin, Mohammad Al Attar is a playwright, dramaturg, and author celebrated for his work chronicling war-torn Syria and the aftermaths of the 2011 uprisings. Al Attar is in Chicago this spring as a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, hosted by theReimagining Cosmopolitanism project with the support of the Neubauer Collegium and 3CT. During his time here, aside from working on a new play, he will take an active part in the project’s research into what it means to be a citizen of the world today.

Presented by 3CT and the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society with support from the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.