Monday, November 8, 2010 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 7:00pm
Pierre Mignault, Hélène Magny
Burma, Thailand, Canada
French / Burmese / English
FILMMAKER Hélène Magny PRESENT!
"We secretly cross the border into Burma, possibly spied on by soldiers. who will shoot on sight. We're going to rendezvous with persecuted people fleeing the clandestine genocide perpetrated with total impunity by the Burmese military dictatorship against the country's ethnic minorities."
In Breaking the Silence: Burma's Resistance, Pierre Mignault and Hélène Magny secretly enter one of Burma's most dangerous zones, penetrating to the very heart of the Karen Nation, where civil war has been waging for 60 years. Accompanied by an escort of Karen rebels, they penetrate the jungle in search of displaced people who have fled rape and assassination, and are hiding in the interior in order to resist forced relocation and slavery at the hands of the military regime. For over 20 years, an extreme humanitarian crisis has reigned in Burma. Protected by an army of 400,000 men - huge for a nation with no external enemies - Burma's military government has been waging war on its own people for decades.
This film reveals the extent to which the Burmese people are prepared to fight to regain their freedom and institute democracy. We travel to the country's interior to meet peasants, as well as clandestine networks living in exile in Thailand, where determined political and human rights activists are working to combat one of the world's most bloody military dictatorships. (production notes)
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