Cinemaximiliaan is a platform with and by newcomers in Belgium. The initiative started in an improvised camp at the Maximiliaan Park in Brussels with daily film screenings. Cinemaximiliaan quickly grew by the commitment of a vast network of volunteers, amongst them many newcomers.
“The first time I ever felt home in Belgium was at the very first time I had been to Cinemaximiliaan. I’ve found family and friends who encourage me to be a productive member of the society. It’s hard to lose everything but it’s harder to restart, refind and refound your life! Cinemaximiliaan is my answer to all of those hardships. It’s an endless circle of giving and receiving love, hope and empowerment regardless of race and gender. “
— Doaa Azawi, 30, Iraq.
Medical doctor, volunteer Cinemaximiliaan.
“Cinemaximiliaan means a lot to me. We share a lot of things like energy, love, friendship, culture. I learned so much from here, I really feel open and comfortable. Cinemaximiliaan is not just a house to me, it’s my home and they are my family. I do have brothers and sister but never saw them in my life. Here in Cinemaximiliaan I have brothers, sisters and friends that I am so proud of.”
— Fatma Osman, 21, Somalia.
Aspiring filmmaker, project coordinator Cinemaximiliaan.