In the Press

Below is a sampling of press highlights, followed by an archive of media coverage of Cultures of Resistance's film work. To view an article, click on its title.


For a complete list of press coverage of Life Is Waiting, click here.

For a complete list of press coverage of K2 and the Invisible Footmen, click here.

For a complete list of press coverage of The Suffering Grasses, click here.



Press Highlights

AllAfrica discusses Life Is Waiting
December 17, 2015

"Giving voice to activists and actors of the cultural scene, this documentary highlights the contribution of artists in raising awareness of the Saharawi people in their struggle against the Moroccan occupier."


K2 and the Invisible Footmen featured by Elevation Outdoors
October 6, 2015

"They are thin from malnutrition and rubbed raw from a lifetime of hard living. They wear sandals instead of hiking boots, eat porridge instead of PowerBars, and wear thin layers of clothes instead of high-performance fleece. They are the porters of Pakistan and they carry on their backs the dreams of nearly every climber who attempts to summit what many believe is the most technically challenging peak on the planet. Yet, they are untrained, uneducated and trapped in a cycle of poverty and servitude from which most have little hope of ever breaking free. It’s an unjust situation that goes largely unseen by the majority of the world, and one that acclaimed filmmaker Iara Lee is bringing attention to with her new documentary, 'The Invisible Footmen of K2.'"


The News on Sunday interviews Iara Lee about K2 and the Invisible Footmen
June 21, 2015

"Talking about the issue, the film’s Brazilian director, Iara Lee, lays emphasis on the pursuit of ‘dignity’. She brings an intimately human face to his being, not letting us see him as a victim but as a warrior, treating the issue with a sensitively engineered mix of humour, respect, and reality."


MangoBaaz features K2 and the Invisible Footmen
June 16, 2015

"'K2 and the Invisible Footmen' is a very hard-hitting documentary but it is not a typical one with 'experts' droning on in a monotone, spewing statistics left, right and center. It is, in fact, one of the most engaging, funniest, thrilling and exciting movies one has seen in recent years. The director gives a lot of credit for helping her make it an engaging movie to the editor, Jawad Sharif, whose skills never make the audience realize they are watching a documentary."


Life Is Waiting highlighted on AllAfrica.com
March 17, 2015

"By interviewing several Saharawi activists of human rights and people from the Saharawi refugee camps, director Lee examines the broken promises for the referendum to take place in Western Sahara, and highlights the lessons learnt from the Saharawi non-violence resistance."


The Film Reporter interview with Iara Lee about The Suffering Grasses
August 27, 2013

"Central to The Suffering Grasses is the question of what is to be done. Many of those I interviewed were nonviolent activists who stood resolutely by their decision not to bear arms. Others felt that the Free Syrian Army was their only hope of defeating the brutal Assad regime. Because I myself believe that nonviolent resistance is the only effective, long-term approach for undermining a corrupt regime’s viability, it was at times difficult to give opposing voices a fair say in the film. While in the end I still disagree with their opinion, I think the final product is much stronger due to the respect shown to those with differing opinions."


Conn M. Hallinan reviews CoR at International Policy Digest
July 25, 2012

"One of the film's messages is that cultures of resistance—those that have the audacity to say 'no'—have things in common. Leadership is not something that resides in one group of people or in a given country, but is everywhere that people dig their heels in and fight back. The Buddhist monks that challenged the military dictatorship in Burma share common ground with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Israelis opposed to the occupation of Palestinian lands, and Palestinians resisting the spread of Israeli settlements, meet in the medium of rap. "'We don’t have planes, missiles or white phosphorous' Lee told journalist Lisa Mullenneaux, 'but we have our freedom to resist oppression. To sing, dance, and express how we feel about world politics. Global solidarity is the only thing that can promote real change.'"


National Iranian American Council's inSight blog profiles CoR films
September 8, 2011

"One might argue that art should not be political. However, these short films prove otherwise. The reason is that ordinary Iranian citizens are constantly being influenced and monitored by an oppressive regime, leaving no choice for artists but to overtly produce censored art and covertly produce art full of political notions, activism, and hope. "Finally, what these Iranian artists and Cultures of Resistance activists have in common is the relentless questioning of assumptions and challenging of the stereotypes whether it is in Iran against its government or on the international level against the preconceived ideas about a particular country or a global issue. And for a time when a non-violent democratic movement is the only option for the Iranian youth, what better tool than art to carry the cries of a nation for democracy?"



Press Archives

BNR features K2 and the Invisible Footmen (in Bulgarian)
March 1, 2017

360Mag features K2 and the Invisible Footmen (in Bulgarian)
February 28, 2017

VT Digger previews K2 and the Invisible Footmen screening
February 14, 2017

Africa Is a Country features Life Is Waiting
October 16, 2016

Arpa International Film Festival features K2 and the Invisible Footmen
October 14, 2016

XpatAthens previews Life Is Waiting screening
October 5, 2016

African Film and Music Classic discusses Life Is Waiting
September 29, 2016

4Play features K2 and the Invisible Footmen
September 29, 2016

Web Cestovatelu interviews Iara Lee about K2 and the Invisible Footmen (in Czech)
September 29, 2016

Borneo Post features K2 and the Invisible Footmen screening
September 18, 2016

The Monthly features K2 and the Invisible Footmen
September 2016

Maine's Sun Journal previews K2 and the Invisible Footmen screening at the Maine Outdoor Film Festival
August 31, 2016

The Morning Star highlights the Cultures of Resistance feature documentary
July 16, 2016

K2 and the Invisible Footmen named one of the "15 films you cannot miss" at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival
July 1, 2016

Sapo Noticias features Life Is Waiting (in Portuguese)
June 3, 2016

AllAfrica features Life Is Waiting
May 13, 2016

Mohsin Zaheer interviews director Iara Lee about K2 and the Invisible Footmen
May 7, 2016



Raindance interviews director Iara Lee
April 28, 2016

The Namibian covers Life Is Waiting
April 19, 2016

ScreenAfrica covers Life Is Waiting
April 18, 2016

World Policy features Life Is Waiting
April 14, 2016

Cámera Abierta features Life Is Waiting
April 9, 2016

Africa Is a Country writes about Life Is Waiting
April 2, 2016

Es-Sada features Life Is Waiting screening in Mauritania (in Arabic)
March 13, 2016

Ennahar Online features a Life Is Waiting screening in Mauritania
March 13, 2016

Novosibirsk State Technical University films a discussion about K2 and the Invisible Footmen
March 9, 2016


Portside discusses Life Is Waiting censorship
February 26, 2016

K2 and the Invisible Footmen featured by TVN-TV.ru (in Russian)
February 4, 2016

El Moudjahid interviews director Iara Lee about Life Is Waiting
January 31, 2016

Al Jazeera highlights K2 and the Invisible Footmen (in Arabic)
January 28, 2016

K2 and the Invisible Footmen featured by Reels Pakistan
January 13, 2016

K2 and the Invisible Footmen featured by Bipolar Films
January 11, 2016

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K2 and the Invisible Footmen featured by The Express Tribune
January 8, 2016

K2 and the Invisible Footmen featured by the Daily Jiddat Karachi
January 8, 2016

K2 and the Invisible Footmen featured by Dawn
January 7, 2016

Bilbao Mendi Film Festival interviews Iara Lee
December 21, 2015

Festival international du cinéma d'Alger interviews director Iara Lee
December 17, 2015

Festival international du cinéma d'Alger discusses Life Is Waiting
December 17, 2015

AllAfrica discusses Life Is Waiting
December 17, 2015

Almasir.net features Life Is Waiting (in Arabic)
December 15, 2015

EpicTV interviews Iara Lee about K2 and the Invisible Footmen
December 14, 2015

Life Is Waiting highlighted by Daily Sabah
December 11, 2015

ElDiario.es features Life Is Waiting and K2 and the Invisible Footmen (in Spanish)
December 4, 2015

On November 14, 2015, the Arab Camera Festival in The Netherlands screened Life Is Waiting. Following the event, Goud.ma published an article outlining the reaction to the film and both the government and the cinema's anger over the screening (in Arabic)
November 28, 2015

Almasir.net features Life Is Waiting (in Arabic)
November 20, 2015

Indiearth features K2 and the Invisible Footmen
November 10, 2015

Life Is Waiting highlighted on Kaosenlared.net (in Spanish)
November 4, 2015

Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli features K2 and the Invisible Footmen and Life Is Waiting (in Italian)
October 29, 2015

Saharawi.net features Life Is Waiting (in Arabic)
October 21, 2015

Voxxter features Life Is Waiting and K2 and the Invisible Footmen (in Russian)
October 20, 2015

Npravo.org discusses K2 and the Invisible Footmen (in Russian)
October 19, 2015

Life Is Waiting discussed by Sadr-Russia.ru (in Russian)
October 16, 2015

Artvoice mentions K2 and the Invisible Footmen in its "Women in Film Highlights"
October 15, 2015

Almasir features Life Is Waiting (in Arabic)
October 14, 2015

K2 and the Invisible Footmen featured by Socialism KZ (in Russian)
October 14, 2015

Kinote features Life Is Waiting (in Russian)
October 13, 2015

K2 and the Invisible Footmen featured by Climbing.ru (in Russian)
October 11, 2015

MISR Journal mentions Life Is Waiting (in Arabic)
October 8, 2015

K2 and the Invisible Footmen featured by Elevation Outdoors
October 6, 2015

The San Sebastián Film Festival discusses Life Is Waiting (in Spanish)
September 26, 2015

Life Is Waiting featured on El Diario Vasco (in Spanish)
September 26, 2015

Por un Sahara Libra mentions Life Is Waiting (in Spanish)
September 25, 2015

El Dia features Life Is Waiting (in Spanish)
September 24, 2015

Alpinist features K2 and the Invisible Footmen
August 27, 2015

Life Is Waiting featured on Saharawi.net (in Arabic)
August 15, 2015

Sahara Press Service discusses Life Is Waiting's Washington D.C. screening
August 1, 2015

The News on Sunday interviews Iara Lee about K2 and the Invisible Footmen
June 21, 2015

MangoBaaz features K2 and the Invisible Footmen
June 16, 2015

Portside discusses the trailer for K2 and the Invisible Footmen in its Tidbits feature
May 14, 2015

BBC Urdu features K2 and the Invisible Footmen (in Urdu)
April 21, 2015

The Association of the Families of Sahrawi Prisoners and Disappeared features Life Is Waiting (in Spanish)
March 19, 2015

The Voice of Western Sahara in Argentina covers Life Is Waiting (in Spanish)
March 19, 2015

Maghreb Press Agency discusses Life Is Waiting (in Arabic)
March 17, 2015

Life Is Waiting highlighted on AllAfrica.com
March 17, 2015

FuturoSahara.net features Life Is Waiting (in Arabic)
March 16, 2015

Iara Lee profiled in Pakistan's Dawn magazine
November 11, 2014

Iara Lee interviewed by Tania Morales on CBN Noite Total
September 19, 2014

Profile of Iara Lee and the making of K2 and the Invisible Footmen in Folha de São Paulo (Brazil)
August 31, 2014

Iara Lee interviewed by Charlie Hoyle at Ma'an News Agency
February 18, 2014

Iara Lee interviewed on The Last Defense podcast
February 10, 2014

Profile of Iara Lee and four other women filmmakers in El Mundo (Spain)
February 7, 2014

Profile of Iara Lee at Rebelion.org
December 7, 2013

Interview with director Iara Lee at The Film Reporter (Indonesia)
August 27, 2013

Iara Lee interviewed by Eder Fonseca at Panorama Mercantil (Brazil)
July 31, 2013

Iara Lee interviewed by Rohail Amjad at Confabulation
July 8, 2013

Cultures of Resistance reviewed by Al Jazeera Documentary (Arabic)
June 9, 2013

Iara Lee interviewed by Keyllen Nieto at Pau Pra Qualquer Obra
May 8, 2013

Iara Lee interviewed on Co-op Radio's "Bulland Awaaz"
April 22, 2013

CoR feature documentary reviewed in Pakistani newspaper Dawn
March 11, 2013

CoR feature documentary reviewed in UC Santa Barbara's The Bottom Line
February 20, 2013

Iara Lee interviewed by Ogunte Women Social Innovators
January 31, 2013

Cultures of Resistance at the University of Michigan's Museum of Art
December 11, 2012

Iara Lee interviewed on Pacifica Radio's "A Community of Voices"
November 14, 2012

Interview with Iara Lee in Saudi Arabia's Arab News
October 3, 2012

Cairo screenings of Cultures of Resistance and The Suffering Grasses highlighted in Al-Ahram
August 24, 2012

Dazed & Confused interview with Iara Lee about the Syrian conflict and creative resistance
August 17, 2012

Review of CoR feature documentary at International Policy Digest
July 25, 2012

Director Iara Lee among international participants at Hargeisa International Book Fair
July 21, 2012

Iara Lee interviewed on L'Afrique en films blog
July 18, 2012

Mbwamwito blog reviews a screening in Arusha, Tanzania
July 5, 2012

International Business Times interviews Iara Lee on Syrian conflict
June 8, 2012

Iara Lee interview on the Kevin Barrett show for 2nd anniversary of Mavi Marmara attack
May 29, 2012

Iara Lee interview with Gerri Williams of OccupyDC Radio (.mp3)
May 27, 2012

BBC Brazil interviews Iara Lee about her film "The Suffering Grasses"
May 16, 2012

Iara Lee interview in Al-Ahram, Egypt's oldest daily newspaper
May 16, 2012

Event preview of CoR feature documentary screening in The Argentina Independent
May 11, 2012

Feature documentary review in Nicaraguan daily newspaper La Prensa
May 10, 2012

Review of CoR feature documentary on Burn With Books blog
April 12, 2012

Review of CoR feature documentary on They Call Me Coach blog
March 26, 2012

Interview with Iara Lee on Reportage Without Borders television broadcast, Greece
March 24, 2012

Short film about Iranian graffiti featured on Le Monde blog
February 17, 2012

Review of CoR feature doc in The Hans India
February 14, 2012

Review on My American Meltingpot blog
January 23, 2012

Ibrahim Khider's review of the feature documentary
January 18, 2012

Review at Cairo's Ahram Online
January 16, 2012

Review on the Frebellion blog
December 25, 2011

Review in Argentina's La Nación
December 18, 2011

Feature documentary at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival
December 11, 2011

"Cultures of Resistance" and Hip Hop Isn't Dead
December 1, 2011

Ali Al Ameri column on Iara Lee in Emarat Alyoum Newspaper
November 28, 2011

Mavi Marmara marked film festival in Helsinki
November 21, 2011

Iara Lee interview in Emarat Alyoum Newspaper
November 21, 2011

Cultures of Resistance at the Peace Center of Nevada County, California
November 10, 2011

Iara Lee's Cultures of Resistance Attracts Nigerian Press
November 10, 2011

BBC World Service radio show The Strand celebrates CoR feature documentary
October 12, 2011

National Iranian American Council's inSight blog profiles CoR films
September 8, 2011

National Iranian American Council Interviews Iara Lee
September 1, 2011

Review at DVD Verdict
August 27, 2011

Iara Lee Radio Interview with Sarah Kim of 1013 Main Street
August 22, 2011

Interview with Korean-Brazilian Director Iara Lee in 10 Magazine
August 17, 2011

Review of Cultures of Resistance at On Demand Weekly
August 3, 2011

Radio Islam Today interview with Iara Lee
July 30, 2011

Review of Cultures of Resistance at CityFM89.com
July 29, 2011

Cultures of Resistance feature doc at the Madison World Music Festival
July 26, 2011

Review of Cultures of Resistance feature documentary in SOMA Magazine
July 2011 Issue

Ginger Group's Promotional Video for Cultures of Resistance feature screening
July 18, 2011

Short film "Coalition of the Billing" featured at Foreign Policy in Focus
July 15, 2011

Cultures of Resistance in Pakistan
July 13, 2011

New On DVD This Week
July 12, 2011

Iara Lee's Cultures of Resistance thrills film festival's audience in Lagos
July 12, 2011

Cultures of Resistance in Pakistan
July 7, 2011

Agitprop filmfest brings the revolution to the cinema
July 5, 2011

Causa Operária entrevista Iara Lee
July 3, 2011

Film-activism top discussion at AGITPROP forum
July 2, 2011

Culture Unplugged: Fire in the Delta
June 20, 2011

Iara Lee interviewed about Flotilla for Turkish TV
June 17, 2011

Cineasta quer mais brasileiros em flotilha de protesto contra Israel (Folha de São Paulo)
June 9, 2011

Iara Lee asks Koreans to participate in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla II (Korea Daily)
June 8, 2011

Dissident Voice article features Flotilla footage
June 4, 2011

The Return of the Mavi Marmara
June 1, 2011

Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Looking back a year later
May 31, 2011

Cultures of Resistance Coming to Nigeria
May 25, 2011

Re-Volt Radio on Shadia Mansour and Lowkey short
May 20, 2011

Review in the Sonoma State Star
May 16, 2011

KPFA Berkeley Interview with Iara Lee
May 12, 2011

PressTV Global News Interview with Iara Lee
May 8, 2011

Korea Daily Interview with Iara Lee
April 28, 2011

Harlem World Interview with Iara Lee
April 26, 2011

Cultures of Resistance film screening and panel discussion
Examiner.com April 25, 2011

Review of Cultures of Resistance for Independent Film Festival of Boston
April 25, 2011

SnagFilms Grabs VOD Rights to "Resistance" (IndieWire.com)
April 21, 2011

Cultures of Resistance Wins Best Documentary at Tiburon International Film Festival
April 15, 2011

Awards Announcement from Jaipur International Film Festival
February 3, 2011

Cultures of Resistance Wins Green Rose Award at Jaipur International Film Festival
January 31, 2011

Cultures of Resistance Wins Best Documentary on Human Rights at Steps International Rights Film Festival
November 15, 2010

Announcement of new period of collaboration of Void Network with Iara Lee
October 29, 2010

Director Iara Lee interviewed at the Elevate Festival
October 25, 2010

Cineasta engajada e inspiradora (Jornal do Brasil)
October 3, 2010

Profile of director Iara Lee in Brazilian Vogue
August 2010

Internet Killed Israeli PR Video Mashup
August 11, 2011

Smuggled video shows Israeli snipers aiming, firing at Gaza Flotilla activists(Russia Today Youtube Channel)
June 17, 2011

New York Politicians Peddle Israeli Propaganda About Gaza Flotilla (The Indypendent)
June 16, 2010

Video From Aboard the Gaza Flotilla (The Nation)
June 15, 2010

Após salvar cenas de ataque, brasileira diz que volta a Gaza (Terra Magazine)
June 12, 2010

Iara Lee activist on Flotilla raid release new footage of Flotilla raid (National Turk)
June 12, 2010

Unedited Video of Israeli Raid Posted Online (The New York Times)
June 11, 2010

Gaza flotilla attack: activist releases new footage (The Guardian)
June 11, 2010

Tribeca filmmaker, activist Iara Lee takes viewers within Israeli raid on Gaza flotilla (New York Daily News)
June 11, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: New Video Smuggled Out from Mavi Marmara of Israel’s Deadly Assault on Gaza Aid Flotilla (Iara Lee on Democracy NOW!)
June 10, 2010

Brasileira promete mostrar imagens inéditas de ataque israelense (Globo TV)
June 6, 2010

What happened to us is happening in Gaza (Iara Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle)
June 5, 2010

End the blockade in Gaza (Iara Lee in The Hill)
May 25, 2010