Dana Lixenberg photographs Hamza Mutabazi from The Whole Wide World

July 9, 2020

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In response to the documentary The Whole Wide World, photographer Dana Lixenberg made a series of portraits of main character Hamza Mutabazi.

In The Whole Wide World Hamza tells his story: His mother sends him and his three brothers from Burundi ‘on vacation’ to Europe as a child. When they say goodbye to her at the airport “she looks happy”, says Hamza. Would she have known then that she would not see her children again, a desperate Hamza now wonders?

Hamza has now become the father of Maleek with his wife Suchada, and he works as a Master of Ceremonies (MC) and in a clothing store.

Dana Lixenberg
Lixenberg has previously worked on Jeffersonville, Indiana (2005) a series of portraits of homeless people, The Last Days of Shishmaref (2008) a portrait of an Inupiaq community and their island on the coast of Alaska that is slowly but surely disappearing into the sea and Imperial Courts (1993-2015) a book, web documentary and exhibition about the public housing project Imperial Courts in Watts, Los Angeles (http://www.imperialcourtsproject.com).

She has also worked extensively for leading titles such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, VIBE and Newsweek. For this she photographed many American celebrities, including Jay-Z, Aaliyah and Donald Trump. Lixenberg’s portraits of rappers Tupac and Biggie have now gained iconic status and are the subject of her recent publication Tupac Biggie (ROMA Publications, 2018).

Broadcast The Whole Wide World
a documentary by Sherman De Jesus
August 3rd, 2020 | NPO2, KRO-NCRV 2Doc | 22:10

scenario & director Sherman de Jesus camera Deen van der Zaken sound Wouter Veldhuis, Bouwe Mulder editor Caitlin Hulscher original music Alex Simu sound design & mix Mark Glynne, Tom Bijnen post production Fever Film poster design Amira Daoudi broadcaster KRO-NCRV producers Cécile van Eijk & Sherman De Jesus, Memphis Film & Television

The Whole Wide World was created with the support of CoBO, VSB Fonds, Vluchtelingenwerk Draagvlakactiviteitenfonds, Fentener van Vlissingenfonds, M.A.O.C. Gravin Van Bylandt Stichting, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds


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