About this IDEA
“In November 12th to 17th, the Cultural Reisstance International Film Festival of Lebanon will take place in 5 cities accross Lebanon: - at the cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil & Dawawine in Beirut, - at Grand Cinemas in Saida, - at Teatro Istambuli Alhamra in Tyre, - at Rachid Karameh/Niemeyer Fair in Tripoli, - at the cinema Stargate in Zahleh.
In this not for profit association, Jocelyne Saab is joined by a team of 20 persons willing to make of cinema a way of creating unity accross Lebanon.Why is this about Cultural Resistance? Because this Festival is not just about showing films, it is about building bridges across a fragmented country.You will find the whole program of films here: www.culturalresistance.org
Why is this idea important?
Cultural Resistance is not just another Film Festival. It is about bringing change in the country’s framework.
Cultural events are happening in Beirut? Cultural Resistance is bringing cultural events to Kaslik, Saida, Tripoli, Tyr, Zahleh.
Newspapers are making their headlines about the divisions in the country? Cultural Resistance International Film Festival of Lebanon is building bridges to national unity.
Women are disregarded? Cultural Resistance is opening a space for women filmmakers, for women’s voice in society and their abilities to bring positive change.
Screening shows are too expensive? Cultural Resistance International Film Festival of Lebanon is designing a free-entrance event.
War is threatening at the borders, what do you prefer: standing still until the country explodes, or resist?
Lebanon’s unity, democratic access to cinema and culture for all, aren’t these ideas important to you? Cultural Resistance International Film Festival of Lebanon is expanding its therapeutic love for cinema across all Lebanon.
More about this idea
What is there more to Cultural Resistance? If you ask for…
…An exclusive programming? The Festival specificity is to focus on films from Asia, the Mediterranean and Latin America. Films from countries that you usually merely see.
… A distinguishing feature? The Festival is bringing on screens histories and issues that directly affect Lebanon through portraits of different cultures, countries and regimes.
… An educational aim? The Festival is working hand in hand with schools and universities to offer their students unique conferences on cinema by international scholars.
What is the funding for?
Cultural Resistance is Lebanon’s Film Festival. It is the Lebanese people Festival. It is YOUR Festival.
A Festival about bringing people together no matter what is their religion, their community, or their city.
A Festival that wants to make cinema accessible to ALL with a free-entrance for everyone and screenings in multiple cities across the country.
But all these beautiful ideas needs your support: the more money we will get, the more the Cultural Resistance becomes your own.
Such an event costs at least about $150,000 - and we are working hard on getting sustainable sponsors. While this money usually comes after the event, your participation will guarantee we have what it needs to pay for the fixed costs that cannot be reduced:
- Cinemas rentals
- Technical costs of movies
- Venue of filmmakers
We are not looking for profit, but for the Festival to happen again and again, year after year, it cannot function at loss.
If you are donating today, it is to make that act of Cultural Resistance with us. It is to bring change.
About Cultural Resistance Film Festival
Founded by filmmaker Jocelyne Saab along with a team of Lebanese and International professionals and artists – notably Walid Aouni, choreographer and illustrator for twenty years at the Cairo Opera, Antoine Daher, editor-in-chief of ELLE, Dalal Harb, editor of ELLE ARABIA online, Rita Basil, press attaché, Alaa Mansour emerging filmmaker, Mathilde Rouxel, emerging writer and other artists and intellectuals, this Festival is there to make a difference in the Lebanese landscape.
In November 2013, the Festival was launched in Tripoli, “a virtual no-go area for many Lebanese people” (Variety, May 19th, 2014), as an act of Resistance.
For the French newspaper Le Monde, Tripoli was healing its wounds thanks to cinema (Laure Stephan, November 14th, 2013). With the 2nd edition, the Festival is planning to expand its therapeutic love for cinema across all Lebanon, and the cities of Beirut, Kaslik, Saida, Tripoli, Tyr and Zahleh.