One year ago film maker and activist Iara Lee reached out to us about screening her films in Lesotho. This week from May 10-12, 2018 her films Cultures of Resistance and Burkinabè Rising: the art of resistance in Burkina Faso were screened at Cafe what? and Alliance Française de Maseru in Maseru, and the last screening took place at The Hub yesterday.
She is also shooting a short film about Lesotho while she is here, with The Hub’s film crew assisting! We’re thankful to have the opportunity to join in her mission to create and distribute films that advance public awareness about issues of social and economic justice, and that showcase creative efforts to promote peace and protect human rights.
Read more about Cultures of Resistance Films: http://culturesofresistancefilms.com/
Learn more about the films:
BURKINABÉ RISING: The art of resistance in Burkina Faso (2017)
A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, & engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara, killed in a coup d’état led by his best friend and advisor Blaise Compaoré, who then ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years, until a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance and political change is mightier than ever and it permeates every aspect of the Burkinabé life. It is an inspiration, not only to Africa, but to the rest of the world.
CULTURES OF RESISTANCE (2010)
Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be a weapon of peace? Director Iara Lee embarked on a three-year, five-continent trek to find out. From African countries’ sounds of resistance, moving on to Brazil where gun-guitars transform the reality of slum kids and ending in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where photography, music and film have given a voice to the people, Cultures of Resistance explores how art and engagement can be the ammunition in the war for peace and justice.