“LABF will be the beginning of a movement of people who want to make a better life for themselves and their families.”
Tariq Nasir was born in New York to a Palestinian father and American mother, living in Palestine as a child before fleeing to Jordan as a refugee with his family during the 1967 war. Being free became a very important focus in his life.
After growing up in Jordan, he studied International Business in the U.K. and worked for many years in the financial industry, before making the decision to move into film and live with the purpose he had taught his children about for years – making a positive difference in the world.
That is the main reason he founded the Let’s All Be Free Festival. We spoke to Tariq about freedom and what we can learn from Let’s All Be Free…
What does it mean being free?
In one word it is equality. Being given equal status is an important part of what it means to be free in my opinion. When I was a child I was a witness to war and was made a refugee with my family.
During that period of time I was not given the same rights as others, and was put in a position where I was seen less deserving than the occupiers who had taken our home.
If people are given the same rights, they can then through hard work and education make a life for themselves and their families and feel what it is like to live freely.
Why do we need to be free in our lives?
I would say that we don’t HAVE to be free in our lives, it is up to us to choose how we want to live our lives in the end. I’m just asking for people to be conscious of the decisions they make about how they live their lives.
I think too often people are living unconscious lives and don’t realize they are as free as they think they are. It is my personal opinion that people are much happier when they live free lives to pursue the things that inspire them.
What can we learn from Let’s All Be Free?
We can learn that everyone has a story. A story that can be shared and appreciated by others.
We can learn that it is just as important to listen and hear other people’s stories, as much as it is important for others to hear our stories.
We can learn that great and important things can come from dialogue, and from including a whole community to share in what it means to be free, and what it means to be alive.
We can show others what great potential lies in all of us as humans to do good and constructive things for the world we live in.
In conclusion, why did you found Let’s All Be Free?
My hopes are that Let’s All Be Free will be the beginning of a movement of people who want to make a better life for themselves and their families through constructive means.
Article written by Alex Izquierd