We have good news to share with you! We just launched the Creative Activism Awards, which are honoring inventive artists and activists who we meet while making resistance documentaries. Our awardees are pursuing an inspiring collection of projects that highlight how arts and activism can go hand in hand! The awards encourage recipients to continue and expand their important work in pursuit of social justice and creative expression.
Here are some of the really cool people and projects we have come across around the world, and you can see the complete list of awardees here!
OSLOOB is a rapper, producer, and beatmaker from Palestine, whose music combines hip-hop and jazz with traditional Arab influences. Here is the music video for his song “Kouny Sabara pt. 2” about life under occupation in Palestine. Osloob is using the award to engage rappers and singers from Palestine and Lebanon in a project promoting social justice.
Moulud Yeslem, an artist from Western Sahara, is using the award to support his KASSIHA-2025 project, which aims to manufacture a machine prototype that can safely remove landmines from the liberated territories of Western Sahara.
Siphiwe Nzima-Ntsekhe, an activist who uses her poetry and songs to stimulate the masses, is using the award to help fellow artists in Lesotho with digital performances and marketing. Here she is reading “Da Nerve,” one of her feminist poems. Check out more of her work here.
Jawad Sharif (Pakistan) was the cinematographer for our film K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN and is also an award-winning filmmaker. He is using the award to support his upcoming film project “Go To Hell,” which tells the story of a Pakistani transgender sex worker and activist.
Teboho Moekoa is putting the award towards his work at Kemet Designs in Lesotho, where he creates clothing that symbolizes Afrikanism and ethnic consciousness. Here is a short film about Teboho:
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Until next time,
iara lee and the whole team