Cultures of Resistance: Feature Film

Cultures of Resistance

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Cultures of Resistance (CoR) the feature film is now showing at international festivals. Click here to watch the trailer or scroll down to watch excerpts from the film.

Cultures of Resistance the film is a feature-length documentary directed by Iara Lee. The film draws connections between people on every continent and highlights the work of artists, musicians, and dancers throughout the world who are re-conceiving resistance as a fundamentally creative act. The Cultures of Resistance website seeks to get audiences involved with the activist groups and campaigns featured in the film.

Upcoming Screenings:

  • TBA

Past Screenings:


Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. From IRAN, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting government repression, to BRAZIL, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in PALESTINIAN refugee camps in LEBANON, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Featuring: Medellín poets for peace, Capoeira masters from Brazil, Niger Delta militants, Iranian graffiti artists, women’s movement leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon’s refugee filmmakers, U.S. political pranksters, indigenous Kayapó activists from the Xingu River, Israeli dissidents, hip-hop artists from Palestine, and many more...


Film Excerpts

The following are two excerpts from Cultures of Resistance the feature film:

1. See how people from Brazil's urban slums are confronting gun violence through music, education, and photography.

2. Watch activists and musicians standing up to protest the occupation of Palestinian territories.

Additional Material

directed by iara lee

editor: jeff marcello * camera: david ross smith

90 minutes, color, English subtitles, HDCam, 2010 Caipirinha Productions


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