The association Cultural Resistance started the Cultural Resistance International Film Festival of Lebanon of a need to act. It is an instinct to survive, to resist through culture, literature, music and highlighting woman’s impact in society. After the first edition in Tripoli in 2013, the second edition took place in four cities: Saïda, Tyre, Zahlé and Beirut.

For the first time a film festival in Lebanon has been able to assemble different players from each country, particularly from universities and institutions (embassies, ministries, institutes) from both Asia and Europe. It has been supported by a remarkable national and international solidarity, in the dramatic context of what the city of Tripoli is experiencing, as much as the entire country.

The second project of the Cultural Resistance association was born during the festival. Very quickly the beauty and potential of a singularly unique place – what is today known as the Rachid Karamé Space in Tripoli – inspired the desire to establish a wide-reaching artistic event that would complement the festival in its third edition. The aim is to open the first Biennale of Contemporary Art in Lebanon, thereby arousing the ghosts of the international fair conceived and given form by the internationally renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the 1960s. That is why the Cultural Resistance association proposes a multi-disciplinary, international competition inspired by the unfinished city designed and partially built by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. MACAM, the first Contemporary Art Museum in Lebanon was chosen to be the exhibition venue.


The Cultural Resistance association was founded by filmmaker Jocelyne Saab along with a team of  professionals and artists – notably Walid Aouni, choreographer and illustrator for twenty years at the Cairo Opera, Antoine Daher, editor-in-chief of Elle, Dalal Harb, editor of Elle Arabia online, and other artists and intellectuals.

The team of the Niemeyer International Competition is composed by:

Jocelyne Saab – Director

Gabriela S. Schaub et Cesar Nammour – Founders and directors of MACAM, Alita/Byblos, info@macamlebanon.org

Mathilde Rouxel – General Assistant, curator

Mickaël Robert-Gonçalves – Coordinator Cultural Resistance/MACAM, curator

Aliette et Daniel Guibert, Andrés Claro, Myriam Heard – Contributors, curators