Still from Burkinabe Rising
Still from Burkinabe Rising

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Burkinabè Rising

by Iara Lee
Burkinabè Rising showcases creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso.
2018  ·  1h12m  ·  Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, United States
English, French, Mooré
English subs
About the Film

Burkinabè Rising showcases creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso. A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who provide an example of the type of political change that can be achieved when people come together. It is an inspiration, not only to the rest of Africa but also to the rest of the world.

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Festivals and Awards
Winter Films Awards, Best Documentary
Festival of Tolerance, Audience Award
Afrika Filmfestival, UNESCO Special Award
Vues d'Afrique, Special Mention
16th Ischia Film Festival, Best Documentary
African Diaspora Cinema Festival, Villa Romana Award
Dimo Petkov
Yeray Martin Perdomo
Sound Recording
Halassane Sanfo
Mahdyar Aghajani
Production Manager
Amelia White
About the Director

Iara Lee

Portrait of Iara Lee
Portrait of Iara Lee

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Caipirinha Foundation, which supports projects to secure peace with justice. Iara is currently working on a variety of initiatives, grouped under the umbrella of CULTURES OF RESISTANCE, an activist network that brings together artists and changemakers from around the world. As an activist, Iara has collaborated with numerous grassroots efforts, including the International Campaign to Ban Cluster Munitions, the Conflict Zone FilmFund, and the New York Philharmonic’s groundbreaking 2008 concert in NorthKorea. From 1984 to 1989 Iara was the producer of the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. In 1989 she moved to New York City, where she founded the mixed-media company Caipirinha Productions to explore the synergy of different art forms (such as film, music, architecture, and poetry). Under the banner of Caipirinha Productions, Iara has directed short and feature-length documentaries including SYNTHETIC PLEASURES, MODULATIONS, ARCHITETTURA and BENEATH THE BORQA. She has also organized lectures, photo exhibits, and fundraising events related to these initiatives. Iara Lee is a member of the President’s Council of The International Crisis Group(ICG) and the Council of Advisors of the National Geographic Society, as well as a trustee to the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), North Korea’s first and only university whose faculty will be entirely composed of international professors.