In Celebration of Creative Activism! Meet the Awardees

February 24, 2021

Dear friends,

In December, we held an open call for our Creative Activism Awards, a cash award for filmmakers, photographers, creative researchers, organizers, farmers, musicians, and athletes, who address issues of social, economic justice and cultural resistance in their work. Before we announce the next open call for applications, we’d love to introduce you to this amazing round of awardees. These are the examples of non-violent resistance we love to see at Cultures of Resistance!

The newest CAA recipients include 14 winners on 5 different continents. We are thrilled to be supporting this incredible collection of creative people and are excited to see how their projects develop. We will announce the next open call on Instagram so please give us a follow!

Until next time,
iara lee and the whole team

Meet the Awardees

Jail Time Records (Cameroon) releases music by detainees and former detainees at a studio inside Cameroon’s Central Prison of Douala, aiming to alter society’s perception of incarceration.

Nicholas Akbar (Indonesia) is an arts organizer, filmmaker, and metal musician who uses music, short films, and community events to raise awareness of social justice issues.

Akley Olton (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) is a filmmaker whose work explores Caribbean culture and the longing of diaspora communities to reconnect with home.

Ayesha Kazim (Nigeria/South Africa/) is a photographer working to establish a contemporary time capsule of the Bo Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa.

RPPN Revecom (Brazil) is a wildlife sanctuary that focuses on the treatment and rehabilitation of injured animals rescued from illegal traffickers.

Rehab Eldalil (Egypt) is a photographer who is working with Bedouin elders to develop a floral guidebook of the Sinai region and to teach younger generations how to use the land’s harvest.

Tamada (Georgia) is a new project by musician and DJ Lasha Chapel, who uses forgotten instruments, harmonies, and rhythms to unite old Georgian folk and modern electronic music.

Checkpoint 303 (Tunisia/Palestine) uses electronic compositions, sound collages, and noise recordings to celebrate the interconnected struggles of Black people and Palestinians.

Alia Ali (Arabic: عاليه علي) (Yemen) is a multimedia artist creating a futuristic experiential video installation to explore radical narratives of Yemeni selfhood.

Syed Mujtaba Rizvi (Kashmir) is an artist from Srinagar. Painting is central to his practice, but his work spans installations, drawing, video, and digital media.

OSLOOB (Palestine) is a Lebanon-born rapper, producer, and beat-maker who co-founded the band Katibeh 5 and was featured in the Cultures of Resistance feature documentary.

Polen Ly (Cambodia) is a Cambodian filmmaker whose narratives depict indigenous people struggling against commercial logging and hydropower dam construction.

Marco Aníbal Guatemal Anrango (Ecuador) is a Kichwa activist, youth leader, and educator who is researching Andean medicine and building an organic garden that supports traditional farming methods.

Camps Breakerz Crew (Palestine) is a break dance crew that gives back to its community in Gaza by hosting public shows and offering dance classes to local children.

We will accept new applications soon! Follow us on Instagram for the latest news!

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