Over the Line
This anthology presents a selection of the best European narrative journalism of the moment. These stories held large audiences in their grip and teach profound lessons about European societies and societies around the globe.The narrators in Over the line clearly show that the genre of narrative journalism has become mature. European journalists have definitely found their own voices and clearly demonstrate that they master the genre at their fingertips. How could they not, with the distinct and varied narrative traditions in Europe.
Journalist Stephanie Bakker and photographer Yvonne Brandwijk have worked on their worldwide project Future Cities for the past three years. This cross-media web documentary forms a portrait of five cities of the future. What do cities like Lima, Kinshasa, Yangon, Medellín and Addis Abeba have in common?
Sky- and Guardian-journalist Afua Hirsch recently published her first book, Brit-ish, revealing a crisis of identity in Britain and the country’s failure to provide British people of diverse backgrounds with a sense of belonging and inclusion. Drawing on her own life, and decades of working on issues of social justice, equality and the politics of identity and immigration, Afua has written a book for anyone who has experienced outsiderness or otherness themselves, or who cares about the profound differences alienating British people today. Her book is a powerful narrative on finding your own voice as a storyteller.
The Halfjes: All of Louis's Children
Alle kinderen van Louis, a book about a Dutch-Surinamese sperm donor and his 200 biological children marked Kamil Baluk’s writing debut. It received great reviews in Poland and will be published in Dutch in April 2018 by De Geus. Bałuk remained one of the last journalists who interviewed controversial sperm doctor Jan Karbaat. Bałuk is now working on his second book, which will be a work of 12 reportages about the Netherlands through the eyes of a foreigner.
In March 2018, it is two years since the EU-Turkey migrant deal came into effect. Under the deal, Syrian refugees who had reached Greece were to be returned to Turkey, while Syrian asylum seekers in Turkey were to be resettled in the EU. S ome regard the deal as a necessary evil; others as a diabolical pact. The EU-Turkey deal now serves as an example for new agreements with countries in North Africa. But does it even work? For whom? And what have we learned from it? Documentary The Deal explores the answers to these questions as well as possible improvements for Europe’s current asylum policy.
In narrative podcast series BOB, follow 84-year old Elisa, who is slowly fading into dementia. Only recently, years after her husband died, she has started to mention her old neighbour boy Bob, whom, she says, she has had a secret affair with and who even got her pregnant when she was just fifteen. Her three daughters are surprised; they’ve never even heard of Bob. Did he really exist? Is this truly a story of a romantic first love? And do they have a sibling that was given up for adoption at birth?
Europe’s Waiting Room
Graphic journalism is an old craft, one that was already practiced during World War I, as Aimée points out in the explanation of her work. She is afraid that reportage drawings have lost their value in this age of film and photo. But she herself proves that this is not the case. On the contrary, her pictures of refugees on the island of Lesbos tell a story that we would not have known otherwise. Apparently trusted by the refugees, Aimée comes very close to them with her sketchbook, and draws their lives with caring detail.
Slash and burn
Terje Abusdal explores the lives of the Forest Finns, an ethnic minority, peregrinating in the North of Finland. Their original language and religion have disappeared, but their way of life in the dense northern forests is appealing, now more than ever. It attracts new followers, who officially belong to this minority on the sole condition that they feel like it. Abusdal recreates the life of the Forest Finns in an original way, and literally sheds new light on an unknown part of Europe. As a storyteller, he knows that reality is best told with imagination. He uses fiction to document a long gone past