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Why Let’s All Be Free?

Our Founder, Tariq Nasir, breaks down why we are Let’s All Be Free and where we came from…


The questions of what we do at Let’s All Be Free (LABF), and how we do it are easy ones to answer.

At LABF we get people together who are open to exploring the artistic and the creative.

We open spaces, solicit films and other forms of art; we screen, display and share ideas.

We encourage dialogue and discussion, through panels and group participation to foster tolerance and understanding around the world.

At LABF we ask hard questions, and uncover difficult truths.

Through this collaborative process we discover overlooked stories, unheard questions, and unseen experiences.

Together we help others to see the struggles people go through in their daily lives, and yet, through LABF we also find the beautiful, the unexpected, the heartwarming, and the inspiring.

The question of why we do what we do is probably harder to answer, but possibly more important.

Inequality exists in many forms, as I have witnessed, and experienced around the world. Is what has been created over many centuries what we want to pass on to our children?

I started the Let’s All Be Free project six years ago with the goal of raising awareness.

Through LABF I wanted to encourage people to think about their lives, and what they wanted out of those lives.

I wanted people to become more aware of the societies and cultures that we as humans have built and perpetuated around us.

I believe that we can change what may have grown outdated or now seems misguided.

Through coming together and sharing our experiences we can help one another expand our understanding of each other.

Let’s All Be Free is my attempt to encourage people to think about how they might change their lives for the better, and embrace an opportunity to live fully, freely, and with equality.

It is my hope that Let’s All Be Free will inspire a worldwide movement that will in turn inspire dialogue and discussion, which will lead to constructive and positive action and improve all of our lives.


Article written by Tariq Nasir

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Being Free with Tariq Nasir

“LABF will be the beginning of a movement of people who want to make a better life for themselves and their families.”

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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.

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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