FILM LIBRARY

BURMESE DREAMING

54 mins  Feature Documentary  Language: English

Filmed when Burma was staunchly totalitarian, Burmese Dreaming was described by an American reviewer as a 'documentary poem.’ Apt:  the currency of poetry is human emotion and in Burmese Dreaming I sought to engage emotion through music, image and story rather than adopt a more journalistic, narrative driven approach. Burmese Dreaming enjoyed a World Premiere at the United Nations 'We the People's Documentary Festival' and an American Premiere at the Buffalo-Niagra Film Festival.

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NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US

19 mins  Refugee Advocacy  Languages: English, Burmese

Controversial: with breakdowns in both trust and communication between refugees and international organisations, Burma Partnership (now Progressive Voice) commissioned this film to give refugees a voice. The film was translated into six languages and screened in a number of countries around the world.

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LEARNING THE HARD WAY

32 mins  Documentary  Languages: English, Karen

One of the most rewarding films upon which I have worked: working with wonderful people, significant creative and content control and the opportunity to spend months in the mountains learning about the Karen people. 

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JUSTICE FOR ALL

13 mins  Information & Promotion 

Languages: English, Karen, Karenni, Burmese

Two refugees argue over a dead chicken, revenge by eating the dog, and finally threats to eat each other. Think Ennio Morricone and spaghetti western with a bunch of never-acted-before refugees as an information and promotion film for an independent legal service.

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HEALTHY BABIES, SMILING FAMILIES 

4 films, 20-30 mins  Education: maternal health 

Languages: English, Karen, Burmese

Funded by the 'Malaria Doktors', Marcus and Machteld, arguably my most significant films. Viewed by tens of thousands of parents on the Thai-Myanmar border, screened daily at both SMRU and Dr Cynthia's Clinic and used as an example of maternal health education at conferences in Uganda and the Philippines.

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PEOPLE NOT PAWNS 

41 mins  Documentary  Language: English

A documentary about Myanmar’s political prisoners and the work undertaken by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners to support them.

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KICKSTART-ART 

5 mins  Promotion  Language: English

Super cool project - KickStart-ART – and appropriately cool film to support a crowd funding campaign on behalf of the project.

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RECOGNISE OUR EDUCATION, REALISE OUR DREAMS

20 mins  Promotion  Languages: English, Burmese

An advocacy film focusing on the need, in the event of their return to Myanmar, to recognise the education that refugees have received in the refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border.

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FIGHTING INVISIBLE ENEMIES

12 mins  Advocacy  Languages: English, Burmese

An advocacy film regarding necessary actions to be taken to reduce civilian casualties from landmines. The film sought to tread a fine and blameless line between opposing armies that had been using landmines to further both their military and political ends.

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ELEPHANT TRAFFICKING

Advocacy  Film no longer available

A particularly grim subject. Seeing Ecostorm’s approach to this film and the campaign it was made to support was an invaluable lesson to me regarding co-ordinating, targeting and implementing international advocacy strategies. The film was the Guardian’s featured film for a week.

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RESTORING HOPE

15 mins  Promotion  Language: English

Without a budget to continue their internationally accredited tertiary diploma course for refugees and migrants on the Thai-Myanmar border, the ACU commissioned a film highlighting the importance of, and seek funding for, the program. It was a huge success and the program continues today.

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IRON TIN AND BAKERY

8 mins  Promotion  Language:  English

A short, simple film for donors and potential donors evidencing the impact and importance of vocational training to refugees on the Thai-Myanmar border. A pleasure working for ADRA.

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YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE

6 mins  Promotion  Language: English

Another short and simple promotional film highlighting the support given by the British organisation, The Thai Children’s Trust, to support orphanages and safe houses for children on the Thai-Myanmar border. Again, an organisation doing fantastic work with limited resources.

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