With his foundation In Lijn (In Line), Stijn Schenk provides insight in difficult and delicate topics through the art of drawing. In the frame of the bigger project WIJ MANNEN (WE MEN) artist Gijs Kast together with Stijn Schenk interviewed three men who lost their position, thus a big part of their identity. Divorce, sickness, unemployment or homelessness shattered their self image. The animation rise – collapse portrays the downfall and loss, and at the same time lays bare the freedom that comes with the rediscovery of one self, beyond the smothering expectations of society of being a man.

artist: Gijs Kast | initiator: Stijn Schenk | produced by: In Lijn Foundation | rise – collapse is part of the project WIJ MANNEN (WE MEN) and supported by BankGiroLoterijFonds

The Netherlands
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1 – 24 Nov

Theater Kikker
Free admission, during opening hours


SHORTS: Weird & Wonderful

Weird & Wonderful! Expect the unexpected in these sublime and unusual nine shorts. An ode to Britney spears of Britney fans, a Memphis style fairy tale, hallucinating water nymphs and cowboys, an extraordinary TV take, a history lesson, an action musical on high heels and way more. It’s camp baby.

Britney-Holics Anonymous: a spear-itual awakening: Jess Rosales (USA 2017, 10 min) | Eva Non Piace: Martina Dimitrova (GE 2017, 7 min) | Hi, it’s your mother: Daniel Altman (CA 2016, 15 min) | Rusulka: Wes Hurley & Nathan Miller (USA 2017, 14 min) | Rebirth: Gökçe Oraloglu & Zehra Gökçimen (TU 2017, 4 min) | Haygood Eats: Hazart (USA 2016, 5 min) | Salada Mista: Estevan de la Fuente (BR 2016, 4 min) | 2000 Years of Drag: a musical odyssey: Dorian Electra (USA 2016, 4 min) | Hard Way: The action musical: Daniel Vogelman (GE 2017, 33 min)

The film program of What You Festival was brought about in collaboration with film theatre ’t Hoogt and the Roze Filmdagen.

Thu 22 Nov
86 minutes

Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt

United States, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Brazil
Language: English, or English subtitles

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REGARDING YOU & ME | Marijn Kuijper

The death of Marijn Kuijper’s father’s death in 1983 stopped time. He will always be 36 years old, and Kuijper will always be his three-year-old daughter. His father never got to know about his transition from female to male and never saw Marijn becoming a father himself. In order to define their relationship in the present, Kuijper started the project Regarding You & Me in which the searches for the traces his father left behind.

The archive of family photos, movies and objects played an important role in this search. In Super 8 footage his father looked at him. In the exposition at Het Huis Utrecht, Kuijper presents details from photographs from both of them. Their mouths, their laughers, their hands and feet. In search for similarities and in his wish to get closer to his father, Kuijper also gets closer to himself.

Mo 19 Nov –
Fr 24 Nov

Su 25 Nov

Het Huis Utrecht – Foyer

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Admission free

IemeREGARDING YOU & ME | Marijn Kuijper

NON-BINAIR | Marloes Messemaker & Real Comics

The whole month of November, the ‘Stadskantoor’ in Utrecht opens its doors to What You See Festival. Here, you can see the graphic novel NON-Binair of the cartoonist and illustrator Marloes Messemaker blown up to huge proportions. She turned the search for ones own gender identity into a colorful quest. A personal story about an ongoing search, without the aim of finding the answer.

NON-Binair was made in the frame of the project Stories of Women of Real Comics, in which 16 stories of inspiring women were put on paper. Goal of the project is to bring people in dialogue, with each other and with themselves.

Text & image: Marloes Messemaker
Idea: Stijn Schenk / Real Comic
Thanks to: Selm Wenselaers,  Bastiaan Franse & Stadskantoor Utrecht
Sponsored by: Bank Giro Loterij Fonds

Mo 29 Oct –
Fr 30 Nov
Mo-Fr: 8.30h-17.30h

Th: until 20.00h

Stadskantoor Utrecht

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Admission free

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INNER JOURNEY | Marvel Harris

The camera is Marvel Harris best friend. It doesn’t judge but gives him the opportunity to express the emotions he cannot put into words. The photo project Inner Journey captures his lifelong journey of self-discovery visible. With his self-portraits he gives insight in his transition from female to male as well as his struggle with his eating disorder. A sincere and raw exhibition.

From Thursday the 1st of november until Thursday the 23rd of November a selection of the pictures of Marvel Harris will already be shown in Theater Kikker. During the festival, this exhibition will be expanded.

Th 1 Nov –
Sa 24 Nov

Theater Kikker – Foyer
You can visit during opening hours of the theater

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Language no problem
Admission free

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