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Revolt of dignity

We would like to invite you to the event “Revolt of Dignity with Milo Rau & Yvan Sagnet” at House of Compassion. Both Milo Rau and Yvan Sagnet will be present. We will show their film ‘The new Gospel’ and afterwards have a conversation with them.

Friday, November 19, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At House of Compassion (Beguinage Church), Beguinage, 1000 Brussels.

This event is bilingual, English and French. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

About the film
In 2017, Rau was asked to re-film the crucifixion of Jesus in southern Italy’s Matera, the place where famed director Pier Paolo Pasolini made Il vangelo secondo Matteo (The Gospel according to Matthew) in the early 1960s.

Rau encountered a new savior in Matera, activist Yvan Sagnet. He stands up for the rights of undocumented migrants in the mafia agricultural sector. He will play the lead role in the film.

The New Gospel is both a Jesus film and a look behind the scenes. We see Sagnet grow in his role of Jesus. In Matera, he manages to mobilize various groups of farm workers for a large-scale protest, which is dubbed the “Revolt of Dignity. Dignity is also what the film is looking for, both in the portraits of the activists and the actors.

About the speakers
Milo Rau is director, author and since the 2018-2019 season artistic director of NTGent. Since 2002, he has had more than fifty plays, films, books and actions to his name.

Yvan Sagnet is a Cameroonian-Italian human rights activist. When he loses his visa as a student, he goes to work as a tomato picker in Southern Italy. There he will experience firsthand the inhumane working and living conditions in the mafia-like agricultural sector. When he starts protesting together with his fellow agricultural workers, he succeeds in changing Italian legislation. Later, Yvan Sagnet is knighted by Italian President Mattarella. He graduates as an engineer and founds NoCap, an international organization that continues to advocate for the rights of farmworkers.

Tarik Chaoui is of Moroccan origin. He is the spokesperson for “Union des sans papiers pour la régularisation” (USPR).

Hourly Schedule

19 novembre

18h00 - 18h00
18h10 - 20h00
The film 'The new Gospel'
20h00 - 20h10
20h10 - 21h00
Milo Rau, Yvan Sagnet et Tarik Chaoui
21h00 -


19 Nov 2021


18:00 - 21:00