The Netherlands are known as an open and tolerant country, a secularized society with a liberal attitude towards drugs, abortion and euthanasia and well defined rights for sexual and cultural minorities. With the assassinations of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh however, this reputation is no longer taken for granted. Dutch society is changing, although opinions differ on the direction and impact of these changes. Immigration, integration and the position of new cultural and religious values play an important role in this discussion. How do the ‘old’ Dutch citizens deal with the new elements in their society and how to the ‘new’ Dutch citizens relate to the open-minded image of the Netherlands.
Date: 12 march 2009
Location: Filmhuis Den Haag/Zaal 5