Cinema for Change: Cultures of Resistance

Sunday, 10th March 2013 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of Cultures of Resistance, followed by a conversation with the Director, Iara Lee. The session will be moderated by Sheema Kermani.

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be tools for peace? Director, Iara Lee embarked on a two-year, five-continent trek to find out…

From Mali, where the music of Tuareg resistance rises from the desert, to Burma, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to Brazil, where musicians reach out to slum children and transform guns into guitars, and ending in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebabon, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, Cultures of Resistance is a ground breaking documentary that explores how art and creativity can be tools in the struggle for peace and justice.

Cultures of Resistance

The film features Medellín poets for peace, Capoeira masters from Brazil, Niger Delta militants, Iranian graffiti artists, women’s movement leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon’s refugee filmmakers, US political pranksters, Israeli dissidents, hip-hop artists from Palestine, and many more.

Running Time: 73 minutes

About the Director

Iara LeeIara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Cultures of Resistance Network. Her most recent project is a documentary titled The Suffering Grasses, which explores the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been affected. As an activist, Iara has collaborated with numerous grassroots efforts, including the International Campaign to Ban Cluster Munitions. While residing in Lebanon in 2006, she experienced firsthand, the 34-day Israeli bombardment of the country. Since then, she has been devoted to the pursuit of peace in the MENA region.

From 1984 to 1989, Iara was the producer of the Sao Paolo International Film Festival. From 1989 to 2003, she ran Caipirinha Productions, a media company that explored the synergy of different art forms such as film, music, architecture and poetry. Iara is a member of the President’s Council of the International Crisis Group (ICG) and the Council of Advisors of the National Geographic Society, as well as a trustee to the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

About the Moderator

Sheema Kermani is a classical dancer, teacher, drama artist, women’s rights activist and founder of Tehrik-e-Niswan, a Karachi-based theatre group.

Date: Sunday, 10th March, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

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