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Marokkaanse Boot in Amsterdam Museum

The Amsterdam Museum (Amsterdam Historic Museum) recently put the Marokkaanse Boot, a Moroccan themed boat at Amsterdam Gay Pride, on display in the museums recent history section.

Shown are the costumes of the Boot participants by Dutch designer Corné Gabriëls. The museum went to me for images, since I documented the Marokkaanse Boot during Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014 fairly well.

I think it is great that the museum recognizes this topic -gay rights- and is proud of it’s role in Amsterdam history.

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 28 March 2015. Exhibition Moroccan Boat during Gay Pride 2014 at Amsterdam Museum. Featuring clothing by Corne Gabriels and photography by Bram Belloni. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 28 maart 2015. Expositie over Marokkaanse Boot op Gay Pride 2014 in het Amsterdam Museum.  Met kleding van Corne Gabriels en fotografie van Bram Belloni. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Marokkaanse Boot in Amsterdam Museum, costumes by Corné Gabriëls

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 28 March 2015. Exhibition Moroccan Boat during Gay Pride 2014 at Amsterdam Museum. Featuring clothing by Corne Gabriels and photography by Bram Belloni. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 28 maart 2015. Expositie over Marokkaanse Boot op Gay Pride 2014 in het Amsterdam Museum.  Met kleding van Corne Gabriels en fotografie van Bram Belloni. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Marokkaanse Boot in Amsterdam history; next to AFC Ajax and the Provos

They choose this image, showing the Marokkaanse boot during Amsterdam Pride 2014 canal parade.

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 02 August 2014. Canal Parade at Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014. Marokkaanse Boot (Moroccan themed boat) at Prinsengracht-Brouwersgracht. The boat is to promote equality of Dutch-Moroccan LGTB youth. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 02 augustus 2014. Canal Parade, Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014. De Marokkaanse Boot op Prinsengracht-Brouwersgracht. De Marokkaanse Boot doet mee om emancipatie van Marokkaanse LGTB jeugd te bevorderen. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2014, www.belloni.nl

Marokkaanse Boot and spectators at Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014
2014, Bram Belloni

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Documentary I am Gay and Muslim Premiers

After months of work, partly in Morocco, the documentary I am Gay and Muslim premiers during the Roze Filmdagen 2012 (Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2012). A documentary that focuses on the subject of gay rights in the Islamic world.

I am very proud of Chris Belloni, the maker of this project, for creating such a special film on such a delicate subject. And it is really nice to see the footage, which came for a big part from my hands, in 2K digital projection. I got blown away by the quality of today’s digital HD camera’s, as shown in the final version on the big screen. Even footage shot on small consumer camera’s, like the Sony NEX series, still stand out.

See Chris speak about the film and upcoming premiere at the Roze Filmdagen (in dutch), here:


FestBits Roze Filmdagen 2012 (via DyzloFilm)

The film is to be seen in Amsterdam till the end of march and will be shown at various international film festivals, for now.

> read more on the project on the I am Gay and Muslim website


Jafar Panahi: Iranian Film-maker Silenced

The Netherlands, Rotterdam, 26 january 2007. International Film Festival Rotterdam 2007. Jafar Panahi, director Offside, in the Kings & Aces programme. (c) Bram Belloni

Jafar Panahi, 2007

January 2011, word got out that the acclaimed Iranian-maker Jafar Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison, after being convicted on charges of working against the Iranian system. Jafar Panahi, known for feature films The Circle (2000) and Offside (2006), is now banned from making films, going abroad and talking to the media for 20 years.

Fellow Iranian film-maker Mahommed Rasulov, who was working on a film with Panahi, also got a six year sentence based on similar charges. At the time of the arrest, in march 2010, together they were planning a picture about the 2009 presidential election in Iran.


Isabella Rossellini reads open letter from Panahi at Berlin International Film Festival 2011 (via: BerlinaleWeb)

Because of his frequent visits to the International Film Festival Rotterdam, i had the opportunity to meet and portray Mr. Panahi in person. With those occasions in mind, it is very hard to acknowledge that artists are still silenced nowadays. Especially someone with the kind and gentle nature like Mr. Panahi.

I set up a special gallery and if you are publishing on Jafar Panahi’s cause, please send an inquiry for imagery.

> go to: Photo gallery Jafar Panahi – Archive Bram Belloni
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