Archive for March, 2011

BBC interviews Myo Myint of “Burma Soldier” documentary

Posted in burmese, documentary, fort wayne indiana, media, Myo Myint, refugee with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2011 by yearningtobreathefree

Click here for interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00f6sbq

In advance of the release of the documentary film, “Burmese Soldier,” the BBC recorded a 10-minute interview with remarkable Myo Myint who now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The former Burmese soldier was badly injured by a landmine, left the army and joined the pro-democracy movement. Myo Myint was then put in prison and ended up spending over fourteen years there before fleeing to Thailand and then the United States.

For those of you in the Fort Wayne area, the movie about Myo Myint’s life will be shown during a special screening for our community at a date soon to be announced. Please check back here for details as they become known. “Burma Soldier,” narrated by Colin Farrell with music by U2, is a co-production of LeBrocquy Fraser Productions in Dublin and Break Thru Films in New York.

Chin National Day

Posted in burmese, Chin, documentary, ethnic event, fort wayne indiana, refugee, youth with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by yearningtobreathefree


Chin people of Burma, many of whom are refugees, gathered on February 19, 2011, in their new home, Fort Wayne, Indiana, to celebrate Chin National Day.

This video, featuring young people dancing traditional Chin dance, is part of John Gevers’ “Yearning to Breathe Free” documentary exhibition currently in production.

© John Gevers, NEW MEDIA BREW, Inc. All rights reserved.

Burma breakdances

Posted in burmese, documentary, ethnic event, fort wayne indiana, refugee, youth with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by yearningtobreathefree

Burma breakdances from John Gevers on Vimeo.

The new generation of Burmese young men now living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, strut their breakdancing selves at Burma Night, 3.6.2011.

This is part of John Gevers’ documentary exhibition, “Yearning to Breathe Free,” which tells the stories of refugees from other lands who now live in the Heartland of the United States. This segment shows how rapid assimilation into a new culture can occur, especially among those from the younger generation. It is not uncommon for teenagers from Burma to report that they spent their entire lives prior to being granted admittance to the U.S. in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border.

© John Gevers, NEW MEDIA BREW, Inc. All rights reserved.

Burma Night in Fort Wayne on March 6

Posted in burmese, ethnic event, fort wayne indiana, refugee, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 3, 2011 by yearningtobreathefree

Download BurmaNight Flyer.

 

Join the fun on March 6th 6-11 pm, 216 E. Washington Blvd.