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A photography and poetry book featuring contemporary Burmese poets. Photography by Dana Lixenberg.
A photography and poetry book featuring contemporary Burmese poets. Photography by Dana Lixenberg.
152 backers pledged €15,777 to help bring this project to life.

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BURMA STORYBOOK 

We are making a photography and poetry book, featuring contemporary poets in Myanmar/Burma. 

Photographs in the book are by internationally acclaimed photographer Dana Lixenberg. She has traveled twice to Myanmar and taken stunning portraits of all of the poets.

Photo by Dana Lixenberg, of poet Maung Aung Pwint with his wife Daw Nan Nyunt Shwe
Photo by Dana Lixenberg, of poet Maung Aung Pwint with his wife Daw Nan Nyunt Shwe

The book includes poetry and stories about living and writing under Myanmar's dictatorship, and now, in a time of democratic transition.

OUR GOAL

Our Kickstarter goal is the printing cost of the book: 15 000 euro.

We will release the book on June 1st.

It will be a collector’s item limited edition: we are printing only 1000 copies. With an open sewn binding, and silkscreen hard cover, the book will be an art-object. 

mockup of silkscreen cover and open-binding
mockup of silkscreen cover and open-binding

DANA LIXENBERG

Dana Lixenberg is a Dutch photographer. She lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. Her work has been widely exhibited and can be found in collections worldwide. She is currently shortlisted for the 2017 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her publication Imperial Courts (Roma, 2015).

Dana Lixenberg has graciously offered two photo prints from the Burma Storybook book in limited editions as awards on Kickstarter. 

Poet Mae Yway - signed limited edition photo print, size: 16 x 20 cm  (Ed. 50) pledge reward - courtesy of Dana Lixenberg
Poet Mae Yway - signed limited edition photo print, size: 16 x 20 cm (Ed. 50) pledge reward - courtesy of Dana Lixenberg

 

Yangon cityscape - signed limited edition photo print, size: 40 x 50 cm (Ed. 25) pledge reward - courtesy of Dana Lixenberg
Yangon cityscape - signed limited edition photo print, size: 40 x 50 cm (Ed. 25) pledge reward - courtesy of Dana Lixenberg

 OUR WORK IN MYANMAR

We know Myanmar very well as we have worked there for three years on a documentary film about Burmese poets and poetry. 

Our film - also called Burma Storybook -  had its world premiere at IFFR Rotterdam this January, was then released in the cinemas in the Netherlands, and is now traveling to film festivals all around the world. The film will be broadcast on May 30th by IKONdocs in the Netherlands.

Our Burma Storybook film poster, designed by Joost Hiensch
Our Burma Storybook film poster, designed by Joost Hiensch

WHY POETRY?

Poetry holds a special place in Myanmar. Most people can recite a poem or write amateur poetry. And professional poets have an important role in society: many were political dissidents.

FROM FILM TO BOOK

When we finished our film, we wanted to do more for the poets. And so we decided to publish a book to highlight their work.

Photo by Dana Lixenberg, of poet Khin Aung Aye
Photo by Dana Lixenberg, of poet Khin Aung Aye

Burmese poetry is still little known internationally. And the poets are such extraordinary people, that we wanted to help present them to an international audience. Some have been imprisoned for their activism and for their writing. All had to find creative ways to get around the censors. Their stories are powerful and inspiring. A reminder about the strength of creative freedom of expression. And about the fragility of freedom of speech - a subject more relevant than ever today.

WHERE WE STAND

Our book is almost done. The graphic design is complete, beautifully conceived by Dutch designer Jeroen Jas, who has made the book into an art-object. 

The cover was adapted from a design Joost Hiensch made for us in one of the endless variations he made in creating the poster for our film.

We have been very lucky that distinguished writer Emma Larkin - author of several books on Myanmar, has written a preface for us. 

We are ready to go to the printer. We just need your help on Kickstarter. 

The actual costs of publishing our book are much higher than our Kickstarter goal.  We have made it possible through our own investment, and by working for free - neither Petr, Corinne, nor Dana has received a salary for our work on the book. It is a labor of love. 

Should we exceed our goal on kickstarter, and should we cover all of our costs, then any profit will be fairly shared with the poets in our book. 

ABOUT US

We are documentary filmmakers. 

Petr Lom is a former academic (with a Ph.D. from Harvard), who has been making human rights documentaries for the last fifteen years. His award-winning films have premiered at Sundance, Berlinale and IDFA and have traveled to more than 300 film festivals around the world and have been broadcast in more than 25 countries. 

Photo of Corinne and Petr at work in Myanmar
Photo of Corinne and Petr at work in Myanmar

Corinne van Egeraat is an award-winning Dutch filmmaker and creative producer. In addition to producing and directing seven films, she has produced a number of projects on creative freedom of expression. In 2011-12 she produced the Self-Portrait Video Project, a year-long workshop on autobiographical storytelling with young Egyptian artists, which culminated with several shorts (one of which premiered at the Berlinale), and a feature collaborative documentary - ANA ANA -  that was nominated for best film at IDFA 2013. In 2015-16 she produced Framing the Transition, a human rights photography essay project with twelve young Burmese photographers.

Photo by Dana Lixenberg, of poet Sy Yint
Photo by Dana Lixenberg, of poet Sy Yint

 WHAT WE ARE PLANNING NEXT

We will also be releasing a Burmese-language only pocket edition of our book – to be distributed for a very low cost in Myanmar. We will distribute this book during a FREE MOBILE CINEMA TOUR  in Myanmar we are planning for our film. Our goal is to show our documentary to at least two million people throughout the country in free outdoor and cinema screenings. 

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Risks and challenges

Our book is almost done. All of the creative work is complete: Dana has taken all of the photographs, they have been developed, scanned and colour-graded.

Petr and Khin Aung Aye, one of the poets in the book and also our "poetry consultant" have completed the interviews that were the basis for the biographical stories in our book. Petr has written the texts.

Jeroen has completed the graphic design for the book.

We are publishing the book ourselves.

All that remains for us is to go to the printer. We have booked space with the best printer of art and photography books in the Netherlands - Rob Stolk in Amsterdam.

All we have to do now is to raise the printing costs on Kickstarter.

We have invested our time to pro bono on this book to make it happen. That was our own risk - one we have been happy to make. Our philosophy is simple: we are passionate about what we do, and invest our time and energy into projects that matter for us. We work from the heart.

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    Burma Storybook digital kit

    Receive all digital goodies together with the E-book Burma Storybook, with photography by Dana Lixenberg.

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    Join us for the premiere of the Burma Storybook documentary director’s cut (extended version) screening: on June 2nd at the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam. Including a meet and greet with one of the poets in the book.

    Please note: this offer does not include travel or accommodations.

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    Home-screening kit and book

    Receive a signed hard-cover copy of the book together with a private link of our Burma Storybook documentary film for your own home-screening. As a bonus we add our unique 30-minute poetry art film we made for museum exhibits with our project, showcasing recitals by all poets in the book.

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    Dana Lixenberg photo print and book

    Receive a limited edition photo print (Ed. 50) of poet Mae Yway and a book - both signed by Dana Lixenberg

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    Large Dana Lixenberg photo and home kit

    Receive a large size limited edition Dana Lixenberg Yangon cityscape 40 x 50 cm (Ed. 25) photo print, and a signed hardcover copy of the book, both signed by Dana Lixenberg. And have your own home cinema screening of our Burma Storybook documentary film.

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    A home cinema event with the filmmakers

    Organise a film screening together with the filmmakers: in the Netherlands or book us in any other city in the world we visit with our film: so far Istanbul, Warschau, Auckland, Yangon, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Vancouver, Vilnius, Yerevan and Athens are on the menu, with more to follow.

    We bring you a numbered and limited edition medium photo print (Ed. 25) from the book by Dana Lixenberg, postcards, posters and a copy of the book of course.

    Alternatively, organize a home cinema screening with Burma Storybook anywhere in the world and we do a Q&A on Skype.

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    • A signed hardcover book print of Burma Storybook book
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    Your own cinema event

    We organise a small scale theatrical screening for you and your friends or colleagues (max. 40 people) in the Netherlands.

    We bring you a numbered and limited edition medium photo print (Ed. 25) from the book by Dana Lixenberg, postcards, posters and a copy of the book of course.

    For more information or questions about this pledge level please contact info@zindoc.nl

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    • A small-size cinema (max 40 pax) or in-company
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    Cinema event and lecture

    Let's organise an event together!

    This pledge includes: a) small-scale theatrical (max. 40 people) Burma Storybook film screening, or b) an in-company (audience number flexible) screening with your friends and/or colleagues, in the Netherlands.

    Custom made to your event, Petr Lom will hold a one hour lecture as an introduction to Burma Storybook. Topics can be: creative documentaries on human rights, corporate responsibility, the political situation in Myanmar or corporate storytelling.

    Petr holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and offers regular lectures at universities and event world wide.

    After the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers.

    We bring you a numbered and limited edition medium photo print (Ed. 25) from the book by Dana Lixenberg, postcards, posters and a copy of the book of course.

    For more information or questions about this pledge level please contact info@zindoc.nl

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    • A signed hardcover book print of Burma Storybook book
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    • A signed limited edition (Ed.25) photo print size 40x50 cm
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