Thanks also for sending in your choices for most affecting, thought-provoking, life-altering (auto)biographies (several of them nominated more than once). We have passed your recommendations on to our Biographies buyers!
In the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, 12 year old Malia is snatched from the arms of her father during a raid on their village. Beaten and sold into slavery, she spends the next six years of her life working for a family, then at 18, Malia (Wunmi Mosaku) is sent to work in London. The city swiftly becomes as much a prison as the home in which she is kept; hidden in plain sight, Malia’s desperate situation goes unnoticed or uncared for by everyone she comes into contact with. Stripped of her passport and living in terror of what might happen to her family in the Sudan should she speak out, Malia is trapped in an unforgiving, alien environment. Despairing of the life to which she has been condemned, she has to call on all her strength to make a dramatic escape back to Sudan and to the father who never gave up hope she was alive, and who never stopped searching for her.
I Am Slave is based on Mende Nazer’s autobiography Slave. It is the opening film for the 3rd annual Arab Women’s Film Festival, held in The Hague from March 8th until March 10th, 2013. Screenwriter Jeremy Brock, who won a BAFTA for his The Last King of Scotland screenplay, will hold a Q&A session after the screening of the film, together with Mariam’s Chance director Hanadi Elayan.
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Thanks to the wonderful folks from the Arab House of Arts (Arabische Huis voor de Kunsten), we will be giving away 2 pairs of tickets to I Am Slave, which screens at the Filmhuis in The Hague on March 8th, 2013, at 16.45 hrs.
What do you need to do? Answer the following question:
What is the most affecting, thought-provoking, life-altering autobiography you have read?
Mail your answer to email@example.com by Wednesday, March 6th, 2013, and be sure to put ‘I Am Slave’ in the subject header. On March 7th the winners will be announced on this blog.
Please note that there is no right answer to the question. We are simply curious and will pass on your recommendations to our Autobiography buyers!
Congratulations! You will be contacted by someone from Brandmkrs today or tomorrow about this prize draw. And thanks once again to Warner Netherlands and IMAX Pathé for providing the free tickets.
The answer to question 1 was President Obama, and question 2 yielded the following favorite history books (proving that the term ‘history’ is wide open to interpretation ). I also included one of your answers in full, because the story that came with the book title was too irresistible not to share.
“Geillustreerde Vaderlandsche Geschiedenis. voor jong en oud Nederland. door P. Louwerse. Versierd met Honderd Vijfen Vijftig Platen door Johan Braakensiek en anderen. Derde geheel bijgewerkte druk, Amsterdam, 1905.
Note the weird, old-fashioned spelling: this surely is a book that cannot be found om GoodReads! My mum (born 1945) was given it by het uncle when she was a child and felt slightly miffed to receive such an old, boring book. I discovered it in my parents’ bookcase when I could not even read yet and was utterly fascinated by the look of it, the pictures, the world full of stories and weird happenings, all apparently once reality, that it seemed to hint at. At the time, I was too young even to understand the concept “vaderlandse geschiedenis” so referred to it as “Vader Hans Geschiedde”, which I took to mean something along the lines of: Father Hans Did This. My dad’s first name is Hans and as a Daddy’s girl, it seemed completely credible to me that my that he had been present at, and instrumental in, all the feats this book hinted at …Vader Hans Geschiedde sparked off a lifelong love of history and history books. In the end I was presented with is as a graduation gift and I cherish it still. Besides my two cats (surely too inane to save themselves) it’s the only thing I would save in a house fire.”
In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience — end slavery or end the war.
Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities …
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is based on the first part of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit (famously OK’d for publication by Allen & Unwin by 10 year-old Rayner Unwin, back in 1937), and premieres in the Netherlands on December 14th, 2012.
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We have 2 x 2 tickets to give away!
Want to enter the draw to win tickets? Just mail firstname.lastname@example.org by December 17th, 2012!
Be sure to put “The Hobbit” in the subject, and please indicate at which ABC store you or your minions can pick up your tickets.
IMAX/Pathé are once again posting quiz questions on their Facebook page (like they did with Skyfall). Check www.facebook.com/IMAXPathe every day around 14.00 hrs to have a chance at winning even more Hobbit goodies!