Events — 13 Dec 2019

On the occasion of the exhibition Chagall, Picasso, Mondrian and Others: Migrant Artists in Paris the Stedelijk Museum presents a screening of the film La Haine. After the screening, Massih Hutak speaks to movie director Shady El-Hamus and theater director Daria Bukvić.

Museum ticket + €3,-
Teijin Auditorium
13 Dec 2019, 7 pm until 9.30 pm
Main language
English (film: French with English subtitles)

The impact of La Haine (1995) was and is still large: for the first time outsiders could see and feel what it was really like to live in a marginal area. The film is set in the banlieues of Paris and shows the viewer 24 hours in the lives of Vinz, Said, and Hubert, three friends with different cultural backgrounds. Abdel, a fourth friend, was injured in a riot involving police. Said and Hubert try to stop Vinz from taking revenge on the police, in case Abdel doesn’t survive.

Director Mathieu Kassovitz created La Haine after yet another youngster had died after a confrontation with police in the suburbs of Paris. With the film, he depicted these youth in a different way than the media did, as sympathetic friends instead of “scum,” and he demonstrated that police violence could indeed be seen as discriminatory.

The film is now more than twenty years old but continues to be relevant and its impact is still visible. For many people La Haine feels like a manifesto and the film inspired other young film makers. One recent Dutch example is the film De Libi (2019) by director Shady El-Hamus.


6:45 pm
Doors open
7 pm
Welcome and Introduction 
7:10 pm
Screening of La Haine
Conversation with Daria Bukvić and Shady El-Hamus, led by Massih Hutak
9:30 pm
End of program


Daria Bukvić

As a theatre director Daria (1989) is well known for her humorous and playful take on social-cultural themes. In 2014 she produced and directed Nobody Home, her big breakthrough theatre play. In the following years she has received numerous awards, such as the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts, and was appointed as a director for The National Theatre in The Hague. At the moment her play Melk & Dadels [Milk & Dates] is playing throughout the country, and her hit remake of Shakespeare’s Othello will be in theatres again soon. Today Daria is working on her first film, a television series and her debut novel.

Daria Bukvić.

Shady El-Hamus

Shady El-Hamus is born and raised in Amsterdam. He graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2012 with two graduation films: Magnesium (screenplay, direction: Sam de Jong) and Over Zonen (screenplay & direction). Magnesium was awarded Best Student Film at the 2012 Netherlands Film Festival, while Shady received the Dioraphte Award for Most Outstanding Graduation Student of the Year. Shady then studied for two years at the Nation Film and Television School in London, where he attained his MA in Directing in 2015.

In 2019, his first feature film De Libi (screenplay & directing) was well received by the press and the public. Together with co-writer Jeroen Scholten van Aschat he won a Golden Calf for Best Screenplay.

Shady El-Hamus. Photo: Sybren Tieleman.

Massih Hutak

Massih Hutak (1992) is a writer and musician from Amsterdam-Noord. His columns can be heard weekly on NPO Radio 1 and read in Het Parool. In 2011, Hutak debuted as the youngest author ever at publishing house Contact with his collection of stories Toen God nog in ons geloofde [When God still believed in us].

In January 2017, Het Parool proclaimed him one of the seventeen talents that will shape the Netherlands of the future. In the same period, Hutak responded to Prime Minister Mark Rutte's letter addressed to all Dutch people, with his own letter calling on young people to vote. His call went viral and generated a lot of media attention, from television and radio to news sites.

As a musician, he has performed at the Lowlands Festival in 2017, in the Kleine Komedie, and in AFAS Live. In 2018, Hutak gave – with Femke Halsema, Jan Terlouw, Fresku, and others – lectures on freedom at colleges and universities throughout the Netherlands. On Liberation Day he gave the freedom lecture in Leeuwarden, the cultural capital of Europe for 2018. Hutak also works as a curator for various museums, including the Stedelijk Museum, and as a co-creator of their educational programs.

Massih Hutak. Photo: Ilja Meefout


At the beginning of the last century, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, and other artists both acclaimed and unknown moved – for various reasons – to Paris, the art capital of the world. There, they learned to survive in a society that was becoming increasingly polarized, nationalistic, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic. This exhibition tells the story of these artists in a foreign country who, despite adverse conditions, had the courage to take art to new heights. The show is an incredible chance to see the work of the great modern masters in a new light, and to discover new artists.