The Institute for Arab Culture (Instituto da Cultura Árabe, ICArabe), based in São Paulo, Brazil, is an independent non-religious organization that promotes Arab culture and history and raises public awareness of their significance in Brazilian society. The organization was created as a response to the growing tensions around the “war on terror,” and is motivated by carrying on the work of the late Edward Said, who died in September of 2003. Above all else, the ICArabe is driven by a belief in the need to respect cultural diversity. The Institute’s main activities include the promotion of different forms of cultural expression and supporting research, scientific conferences, and debates in collaboration with universities and educational institutions in Brazil and around the world. The ICArabe is also engaged in counteracting misconceptions about the Arab world in local media, and in keeping members and supporters informed about key media issues.
The Institute for Arab Culture is a multi-year grantee. Grants from the Cultures of Resistance Network in 2008, 2009, and 2010 supported the Images from the East Film Festival in São Paulo, which presented documentaries, fiction, animation, and experimental film made by young filmmakers from the Muslim world to new audiences.
ArteEast served as the fiscal sponsor for these grants.