Living A Risky Life As An Artist In Lebanon

In 2011, I made a film called Zero Silence. It was a documentary film about young people in the Middle East who have grown angry over the authoritarian regimes they live in and who are using the Internet to bring about change in their societies where free speech is controlled or censored. They are part of a new generation that uses the Internet to get the free word out and to organize, mobilize, collaborate and fight injustice.

Among other topics, the production will explore the impact of the Internet and non-traditional media such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter and whistle-blowing sites on the Arab world and beyond and to what extent these digital media tools can spur society change.

During that time, I met Elissa. A Jazz singer from Lebanon who talked about the risk of being an artist there. This is her story...

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