NEW YORK Iara Lee film retrospective 2019 April 28 – May 3

April 29, 2019

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Exciting news: from April 28 to May 3, there will be a retrospective of my films in New York City! The retrospective will span more than two decades of my work, from 1995’s Synthetic Pleasures to last year’s Burkinabè Rising.

I will be personally attending all of the screenings and would be delighted to meet with anyone in NYC or passing through the city. I would be so grateful if you could notify your friends in the area too!

Also, If you or your organization is interested in showing some of our films as part of a retrospective, please contact our team at Due to time constraints, the NYC series includes only a partial selection of our films, but we’d be excited to work with you to curate your choice from our full list of films, including a few that are currently in post-production.

with ♥ ♥ ♥ + ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏽, we persevere!

iara lee

NYC film retrospective April 28 – May 3
with the presence of director iara lee at all screenings

all details here:

limited space. to secure a seat, buy a ticket online

at Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027
7:30pm. US$10
– Sunday, April 28: Synthetic Pleasures (1995)
– Monday, April 29: Burkinabe Rising: the art of resistance in Burkina Faso (2018)
– Tuesday, April 30: Modulations: cinema for the ear (1998)
– Thursday, May 2: Cultures of Resistance (2010)

at New York University (NYU) Global Spiritual Life
238 Thompson St, 4th Fl.,  New York, NY
6pm, suggested donation: US$10
– Friday, May 3rd:  Life is Waiting: referendum and resistance in Western Sahara (2015)


Sunday, Apr 28: SYNTHETIC PLEASURES (1995)
at Maysles Cinema: 343 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027
Is reality obsolete? Iara Lee’s cyber-age intellectual survey explores how advanced technologies are deleting nature and reprogramming humankind.

7:30pm, $11.60 online / $10 at door

Monday, Apr 29: BURKINABÈ RISING: the art of resistance in Burkina Faso (2018)
at Maysles Cinema: 343 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027

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. 

7:30pm, $11.60 online / $10 at door

Tuesday, Apr 30: MODULATIONS: cinema for the ear (1998)
at Maysles Cinema: 343 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027

A groundbreaking early film on the evolution of electronic music that cuts between avant-garde composers, Kraftwerk’s innovative synthesizer drones, Giorgio Moroder’s Euro-disco, Afrika Bambaataa’s electro-funk, and much more. 

7:30pm, $11.60 online / $10 at door

Thursday, May 2: CULTURES OF RESISTANCE (2010)
at Maysles Cinema: 343 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027

Can music, art, and dance be weapons of peace? Director Iara Lee traveled over five continents to explore how creativity can be ammunition in the battle for justice. 

7:30pm, $11.60 online / $10 at door

Friday, May 3: LIFE IS WAITING: referendum and resistance in Western Sahara (2015) 
at NYU Global Spiritual Life, 6PM
238 Thompson St, 4th Fl, NY NY
Most people think that colonialism in Africa has ended. But not in the country of Western Sahara. There, occupation by Morocco continues—as does the struggle for freedom.

suggested donation: $10
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