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Cultures of Resistance: a film by Iara Lee
Wednesday, June 29th 2011  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Los Angeles, CA

VENUE CHANGE: Levantine Cultural Center
5998 West Pico Blvd. in LA 90035

Come to a screening of “Cultures of Resistance”. This film is about activists who live their resistance because they have to, it looks at violence and nonviolence, it travels across the globe. See the trailer

Filmmaker Iara Lee plans on joining us via Skype!

Lee describes wrapping camera equipment in her clothes for a midnight trip into Syria while making the documentary. She entered dangerous favelas alone in her native Brazil, armed with only a little camera. The stories gathered in this film are of the revolutionaries of this world. Iara says, “These people weren’t the type who were aware of the issues and occasionally supported movements or attended rallies; they were fully committed to their communities and would not sit down in the face of the injustices being imposed on them. I hope that seeing and hearing their stories will inspire our audience to participate in the fight for social justice, to contribute something to these efforts, to no longer just sit by and watch as these everyday atrocities take place.”

Iara set out on this journey with a firm commitment to Gandhi’s example of nonviolence, one that she still believes in whole-heartedly. But she admits that she was also somewhat naïve when she began, thinking that all other reactions to oppression were indefensible.

After weeks, months, years, or decades of repression, people’s commitment to nonviolence can slip. The film looks at what has pushed people past their limits. We need to understand that disciplined nonviolence requires the absolute greatest courage a human can exhibit. Gandhi’s words remain the “Cultures of Resistance” motto: be the change you want to see. Iara hopes that by watching it you will follow in his footsteps.

Co-sponsored by the Levantine Cultural Center, Progressive Democrats of Santa Monica Mountains, Frank Dorrel (Addicted to War), Vets for Peace, Office of the Americas and more...

Panel discussion following screening includes:
Jordan Elgrably of the Levantine Cultural Center
Jodie Evans of CODEPINK
and filmmaker Iara Lee

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Levantine Cultural Center
5998 West Pico Blvd. LA 90035
Los Angeles, CA