In a Strange Land follows the story of Mu Hpare, a refugee from Burma and member of the Kayan tribe (a.k.a Long Neck Women), who has resettled in the U.S. She is a young single mother who is determined to make a better life for her and her toddler son. This documentary tells us about her journey that started in Burma, to her life in the refugee camps in Thailand and how everything changes when she is offered to resettle to a third country through the UNHCR plan. With her decision to leave, she faces trouble with her family who oppose the fact that she is taking the only male descendent with her. She must deal with this and the dilemma of leaving behind her culture and her people who remain in the camps, many of whom continue the fight against the military regime.
In a Strange Land offers three narrative layers: Mu Hpare's life in the US, her life as a refugee in Thailand and images of the tragedy taking place in the eastern part of Burma explained by their protagonists; who we believe deserve to be supported, respected and understood.
In the fall of 2010 we intend to travel to Kentucky to complete filming on this documentary. Up to now this project has been partially funded by private donations and primarily self-financed by DosVelas. We have reached a point that this is no longer feasible and we need your help in making the final leg of this journey possible!
With the funds raised here on Kickstarter, we will be able to cover the costs for travel for our team of two from California to Kentucky and the minimal costs of production during our three-four week shoot with our protagonist and her son in their new community. If we are able to raise more than our goal we will be able to work with the belt a bit less cinched and it would give us some leeway to work on the rough cut needed to secure the backing required to cover post-production and finishing costs.
With your support, we will be able to shoot the footage necessary to make this story complete. We know there is still a long road ahead and we are more than committed to see this project done.
Thanks for your consideration in giving us a jump-KICK-startER!
DosVelas Pictures - Jessica and Paco www.dosvelaspictures.com
Dosvelas Pictures was created in 2006 by Jessica W. Leung (Los Angeles, USA) and Paco Beltrán (Barcelona, Spain) to produce documentaries in direct collaboration with members of diverse ethnic and cultural groups. Our work intends to offer the spectator a contemporary look from the perspective of these people who often live on the outskirts of mainstream society.
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