September 11, 2021


Terres Arides

at den Atelier Doors: 7:00 pm


TERRES ARIDES tells a story based on a trip to Syria that a Luxembourg journalist undertook in 2019, to report on an alleged jihadist, member of the Islamic State, being held in a secret prison in the territory occupied by the Kurds, in Rojava, until the invasion of the Turkish military. The history of this fighter is unique, in the sense that he is the only converted warrior to have left from Luxembourg and to still be in captivity in a warzone. He is a perfect European citizen, he was born in Luxembourg in 1987, he grew up in Meispelt, he has a Portuguese passport. The journalist, during a trip that lasted a week but required months of preparation, passed through western Iraq into Syria, crossing the only border that is not controlled by troops of Bashar Al-Assad, to conduct an interview with the young jihadist and to launch, once back, the question of how Luxembourg justice and politics intend to deal with this case. TERRES ARIDES constitutes a starting point for a set of reflections, in particular on the role of the government, which, at this date and in this affair, has reacted little, but also on the so-called stability and social peace which reigns in Luxembourg, on questions of an ethical nature, as well as on the motivations and the future of these young wanderers in increasingly uncertain times.


  • Venue: den Atelier
  • Where: 54 rue de Hollerich, 1740 Luxembourg
  • Doors: 7:00 pm
  • Promoter: A-Promotions in collaboration with Théâtre du Centaure
  • Schedule: 19:00 Ouverture des portes | 20:00 Début TERRES ARIDES (90 min) | suivi d'un table ronde avec l'auteur Ian De Toffoli, le journaliste Petz Bartz & Karin Weyer ( - Centre contre la radicalisation). Présenté par Jeff Schinker.
  • Extra Info: Terres Arides de Ian De Toffoli
    en langue française
    avec Luc Schiltz, Pitt Simon
    conception - Ian De Toffoli
    vidéo - Michel Maier
    lumières – Nico Tremblay, Antoine Colla
    régie technique – Antoine Colla

    coproduction Théâtre du Centaure, Kulturhaus Niederanven en coréalisation avec le Kinneksbond, Centre Culturel Mamer
    avec le soutien financier du Ministère de la Culture du Grand-Duché du Luxembourg
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