Newly arrived young people are reading Daniel Yousefi’s book The Eighth Continent

By on March 15, 2019

Since 2015, four actors at Dramaten have run a non-profit theater group with newly arrived young people. On April 2, the group will read Daniel Yousefi’s debut book The Eighth Continent, which is a documentary-poetic account of the refugee crisis in Europe.

The eighth continent is a place that does not exist, but where millions of people flee anyway. Daniel Yousefi portrays the refugee crisis with stripped-down poetic images mixed with interviews, conversations and reportage-like stories from refugee camps in southern Europe. The personal stories are interwoven. Together, the various voices form a cry, an appeal.

Daniel Yousefi, born 1989, grew up outside Östersund and lives today in Stockholm. In 2016, he joined various volunteer organizations to act as an interpreter in refugee camps in Greece and Turkey. He has previously studied drama and fiction at Biskops Arnös Authorship School. The eighth continent will be released on March 26 at Albert Bonniers Förlag.

The theater group for newly arrived young people was initiated and run by David Fukamachi Regnfors, Hamadi Khemiri, Jonathan Silén and Malin Janlöv. The group has previously made the show Processes, inspired by Franz Kafka’s novel The Process and the participants’ own experiences. The performance was played on five occasions at Målarsalen in 2018.

Participants: Mujgan Ahmadi, Nasim Hosseini, Majid Husseini, Negin Mirzad, Hussein Mohammadi, Ali Motaghi, Mohammad Navazani (Assistant Team Leader), Negar Rezazadeh and Sanaz Sharifi.

Director David Fukamachi Regnfors, Hamadi Khemiri

A production from the Dramaten& in collaboration with Albert Bonniers Förlag.

The eighth continent, April 2, Målarsalen.

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