Screening & Discussion: 3rd i NY Presents: Cultures of Resistance, The Documentary - A Fundraiser for Existence is Resistan

Tue, May 24, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Funds will go to support Existence is Resistance, a Palestinian media workshop project (more information below).

About the Film:

Worldwide, people from all walks of life are finding creative ways to oppose war and promote peace, justice, and sustainability. Culture—including film, music, and food—is fertile terrain for this struggle. Education that nourishes a critical mind and fortifies the soul is just as essential.

Cultures of Resistance (CoR) is the name of both a feature documentary and an activist network. This website,, exists as an outreach site through which people inspired by the film can find ways to get involved around peace and global justice issues.

Feature Documentary
The CULTURES OF RESISTANCE feature documentary is a production of Caipirinha Productions. 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.

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 BURMA, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on 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...

About the Presenting Organization:

Existence is Resistance has held many fundraisers at Alwan including "Hands Off Gaza" back in 2009 which led us to forming our orgazition, we have had various panels with Norman Finkelstein and others as well as more recently holding a fundraiser for Egypt a few months ago "Live from Tahrir Square". Our organization takes youth and artists to Palestine each summer conducting workshops and putting on concerts to promote "non violent artistic resistance". Cultures of Resistance supported us and donated all the musical equipment to donate to the various youth centerswithinthe refugee camps we worked with. Proceeds from the screening we are organizing towards our upcoming tour this July which we are fundraising to buy laptops and flipcams for the youth. For more information:

The trailer to our upcoming documentary "Hip Hop is Bigger than the Occupation" from that tour can be seen here:

About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

Our Sponsors

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by NYSCA and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

Last updated: 2011-09-12 10:56:00

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