CULTURES OF RESISTANCE - On DemandAugust 03, 2011
CULTURES OF RESISTANCE - On Demand
We Shall Overcome by singing, dancing, painting, writing….
By Jean Tait
Art can be a powerful tool. In CULTURE OF RESISTANCE (CoR), a documentary feature directed by Iara Lee and produced by George Gund, we get to see that power at work. CoR highlights the work of artists, musicians, and dancers throughout the world who are working for peace and justice, and are re-conceiving resistance as a fundamentally creative act.
To see artists risking their lives and well-being to make important statements is always scary, yet exhilarating, and when the work is impressive as well, it becomes awe-inspiring.
In an attempt to show such a variety of artists (musicians, dancers, graffiti artists, cartoonists, painters, filmmakers, etc.), in a multitude of countries and regions, the filmmakers bite off a little more than the audience can chew. Rather disjointed and jarring in the transitions, it is nonetheless a powerful film.
It’s understandable that the film glances over too many artists. The point is to show how many artists are using their art as a tool for change. So many of the artists are so fascinating, that the brief overview becomes frustrating. I’d love to see a more in depth look at many of them. However, it’s terrific to get such an overview and very inspiring.
And if you find yourself so inspired, Cultures of resistance IN ACTION serves as the outreach partner for this film, working to get audiences involved with the activist groups and campaigns featured there.
Jean Tait is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently the Director of Programming for the Connecticut Film Festival, Jean has programmed for the Jacksonville Film Festival and Sundance Channel.
Look for CULTURES OF RESISTANCE (SnagFilms) on Comcast and Fios On Demand,.
Check out previous reviews by Jean Tait:
HOT COFFEE - HBO - DEMAND IT
THE BIG C - Showtime - DEMAND IT
WEEDS - Showtime - DEMAND IT
TRUE BLOOD - HBO - DEMAND IT
BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD - HBO - DEMAND IT
TOO BIG TOO FAIL - HBO - DEMAND IT