Cultures of Resistance: Feature Film

Cultures of Resistance: Feature Film

CULTURES OF RESISTANCE (CoR) the film is a documentary feature directed by Iara Lee. The film highlights the work of artists, musicians, and dancers throughout the world who are working for peace and justice, and 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.

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Short Film: A Look at Global Militarization

Short Film: A Look at Global Militarization

CoR's short film looks at ever-rising military spending in the United States and across the world. Visiting the largest arms convention in the world, talking with experts at the Institute for Policy Studies, and gathering facts about private manufacturers profiting from tax-payer money and war, the film brings light to what former president Dwight D. Eisenhower first called the "military-industrial complex." Watch our film and make it known that if your government is looking for places to cut the budget, you know just the place to start.

WITNESS: Cutting Edge Video Advocacy

Cultures of Resistance supports WITNESS, a cutting-edge video advocacy group that shares our commitment to making films that effect positive change. Founded by Peter Gabriel in 1992, today they collaborate directly with grassroots organizations around the world and offer a video production toolkit to many other groups looking to harness the power of film.
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Films to Change the World


As one of the most powerful mediums of our time, film has been and continues to be a powerful tool for opposing war, promoting peace with justice, and building international understanding. Cultures of Resistance highly recommends the following films for their powerful narrative and verite treatments of pressing war and peace issues, past and present.

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Conflict Zone Film Fund

Blood and OilThe CONFLICT ZONE FILM FUND awards seed funding to forward-thinking filmmakers – both new and established – who possess a provocative, artistic, and culturally significant vision. The fund supports narrative and documentary film projects that explore a range of themes and ideas, from peace and disarmament to human rights to arts and culture around the globe.

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Battle for the Xingu

In 2008 Cultures of Resistance documented the Altamira summit in the Brazilian rainforest, where over 1,000 people gathered to protest the government-planned Belo Monte dam. The proposed dam would be the world's third-largest and would displace tens of thousands of indigenous people and local farmers. Watch our short film about the demonstration and find out how to support the ongoing resistance.

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Short Film: Ban Cluster Bombs!

Cultures of Resistance's short film looks at the impact of cluster munitions—Cold-War weapons which continue to be manufactured today and whose victims are 98% civilian. Thanks to the tireless efforts of numerous advocacy groups, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, outlawing the production, sale, or use of the weapons, became binding international law on August 1, 2010. However, the law only applies to countries that have signed onto the convention. Many of the biggest offenders, including the United States and Russia, have not signed. Watch this film about the progress on this issue and the work that still remains to be done.
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All Roads Film Project

Since 2004, Cultures of Resistance has been supporting the National Geographic Society's All Roads Film Project, dedicated to amplifying the voices of indigenous artists and other minority filmmakers throughout the global South. The project aims to foster a global audience for these filmmakers by providing an array of seed grants and by hosting screenings and events. Learn more about the exciting films they are producing.
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