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Iara Lee

Brazil

Biography

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Caipirinha Foundation, an organization that promotes global solidarity and supports peace with justice projects. Iara is currently working on a variety of initiatives, grouped under the umbrella of CULTURES OF RESISTANCE, an activist network that brings together artists and changemakers from around the world. At the center of these initiatives is a feature-length documentary film entitled CULTURES OF RESISTANCE, which explores how creative action contributes to conflict prevention and resolution.


Filmography:
An Autumn Wind (6', USA, 1994)
Synthetic Pleasures (85', USA, 1995)
Modulations (75', USA, 1998)
Architettura (USA, 1999)
Beneath the Borqa in Afghanistan (12', USA, 2002)
Battle for the Xingu (12', USA, 2009)
Cultures of Resistance (73', USA, 2010)
The Courage of Neighbours: Stories from the Rwandan Genocide (4', USA/Rwanda, 2010)
Strategising for Gender Equality in Africa: The Women's Colloquium in Liberia (4', USA/Liberia, 2010)
Skategirls (4', USA/Afghanistan, 2010)
Sierra Leone Rising (14', USA/Sierra Leone, 2010)
Miatta Fahnbulleh: Educating the Next Generation Liberia (5', USA/Liberia, 2010)
Cultures of Resistance: Battle for the Xingu (12', USA/Brazil, 2010)
Breaking the Silence: Congo Week (4', USA, 2010)
An Interview with Afghanistan's First Female Governor: Dr. Habiba Sorabi (4', USA/Afghanistan, 2010)
A Day with Lowkey and Shadia (7', USA, 2010)
Women Beyond War: A World March in Africa (6', USA/Congo, 2011)
The Rape of the Samburu Women (13', USA/Kenya, 2011)
Militarism, Mutilation, and Minerals: Understanding the Occupation of Afghanistan (5', USA/Afghanistan, 2011)
Building Beyond Conflict: Inspiring Congolese Kids for a Brighter Future (7', USA/Congo, 2011)
The Suffering Grasses: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Grass That Suffers (52', USA/Turkey/Syria, 2012)
The Kalasha and the Crescent (13', Pakistan/USA, 2013)
K2 and the Invisible Footmen (2015)
Life Is Waiting (2015)

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Cultures Of Resistance

Cultures Of Resistance (Orig.) / 2010 / United States / 73 min

In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, acclaimed filmmaker Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction...

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The Suffering Grasses: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Grass That Suffers

The Suffering Grasses: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Grass That Suffers (Orig.) / 2012 / Syria, Turkey / 52 min

Two years later, with thousands dead and counting, the ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region, and an unsavory reflection of the world at large. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, NATO’s toppling of Moammar Qaddafi in Libya, and the complicated politics of the region, this film seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps...

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