Festival of Human Rights x Arts Presents: El-Arena (Virtual)

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Festival of Human Rights x Arts Presents: El-Arena (Virtual)

This Eventbrite page is for reserving virtual tickets to the online screening of El-Arena.


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This Eventbrite page is for reserving virtual tickets to the online screening of El-Arena. To purchase tickets to the in-person screening at Hot Docs Ted Cinema, click here


El-Arena navigates the underground world of battle rap in the Middle East, taking a first of its kind look into the stories, struggles, and perspectives of its most talented figures. Thanks to Lebanon's relatively liberal freedom of speech laws, rappers from across the Arab World come to Beirut to compete against one another. Outside of The Arena, these men's lives are defined by crumbling socio-economic structures and war. But on the inside, they use their rapping skills to put on a show and playfully fight for a chance to be crowned king. Set against the backdrop of the current degradation of Lebanon, and climaxing with the devastating 2020 Beirut explosion, El Arena paints a picture of the region’s political and economic struggles through the poetry of some of its most talented battle rappers.


Mentions of abuse and systemic sexism.


Registration for this event includes 24-hour access to a digital screening of El-Arena, and a special live Q&A.

Please note that the film is geoblocked outside of Canada.



The film includes open captions and the Q&A includes ASL interpretation. An Online Held Space will be available from 6:30 - 9:00 PM EDT, complete with an active listener.

Screening with: Where The Wind Dies

Sardasht is a Kurdish city in West of Iran. Sardasht is the first city in the world to be victim of chemical weapons with mustard gas bombs at 4:15 p.m on Sunday, June 28th, 1987. This film is about before, after the bombing, a romantic relationship between an couple and finally, the effects of the post-war.

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