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Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and director of the Cultures of Resistance Network. In 2010, she released her feature-length documentary entitled CULTURES OF RESISTANCE, which explores how creative action contributes to conflict prevention and resolution. As an extension of her commitment to the issues explored in the film, she also founded the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organization that promotes global solidarity, supports efforts to secure peace and social justice, and brings together artists and changemakers from around the world.
Iara has also continued to produce and direct documentary films. She just finished two new docs: K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN, shot in stunning northern Pakistan, it is about the plight of the unsung heroes, the indigenous porters of majestic K2, the earth’s second-highest peak. LIFE IS WAITING: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara, looks at 40 years of Moroccan occupation and the sahrawi nonviolent struggle for self-determination by a people for whom colonialism has never ended. In 2013, Iara made a short film entitled THE KALASHA AND THE CRESCENT, which chronicles how an indigenous movement in northern Pakistan is responding to the challenges facing their culture. In 2012, she released a documentary called THE SUFFERING GRASSES: when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers, which examines the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps.
Synthetic Pleasures (1996)
Modulations: Cinema for the Ear (1998)
Cultures of Resistance (2010)
The Suffering Grasses: When Elephants Fight, it is the Grass that Suffers (2012)
The Kalasha and the Crescent (2013)
Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara (2015)
K2 and the Invisible Footmen (2015)
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