Sleepy the poet: Restless Questions

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The Wor(l)d is a series of short videos featuring spoken-word artists from around the world. Each week, RNW provides a space for young poets and rappers to share their take on our themes. In this series, our contributors take as their starting point the theme: free speech.

Wesley van Barlingen AKA Sleepy the poet is a Dutch artist with an acute eye for local and international politics. His style is clear and direct and the theme of free speech is one he responds to strongly.  


Produced by Raja Felgata

Camera: Houda Houda