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This documentary will investigate the connection between street art, Buddhism and Democracy. With Shepard Fairey

WE DID IT !!!  WE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $30,000 !!!   WOWZA !!!

We still have have 51 hours left of our campaign - can we make it to $35,000?  We think so !  A big THANK  YOU to all those who have helped us get to this point we are extremely grateful and floored by the support - lets keep it going !

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An original documentary mixing art, politics, religion and war. Everything that makes us human. -Jeff Durkin / Director

"Art as a weapon" will look at the connection between street Art, Buddhism and the struggle for Democracy by using the closed country of Burma as a case study. The film will follow a Buddhist monk poet who's building a library, artist Shepard Fairey painting a 30' tall mural, and a elementary school art class learning how to use spray paint- giving the audience a peek into the the lives of artists and how art has the power to move people. Interviews include Shepard Fairey and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

This will be a “connections film” looking at the collision between the big forces that shape humanity- Art, Politics, and religion in both the eastern and western worlds. By combining beautiful cinematography, with Buddhist philosophy the project will illustrate the power Art has in the bloody fight for Democracy. Part art film, part political film, the goal is to continue spreading the word by using art as a weapon for peace in Burma. 

2 simple ways you can help. 1. Donate to the film while your here on the kickstarter page (tax-deductible)2. Spread the word on facebook, twitter, blogs and to your network. Just use this link http://kck.st/qkUTKX

KICKSTARTER is ALL or NOTHING so if we do not reach 30K by December 9th EVERYTHING goes back to the backers and we get NOTHING .

Why we need to tell this story

Art has the power to shift paradigms, and images have the power to change the way people think about things. I believe in the power of film to do that, and to help shed a positive light on the country of Burma, a country that has been defined so much by it's problems. With the non-violent spirit of A Nobel Peace Prize winner, the philosophy of the Buddhist monks, and the background of a country devastated by war, the film will show the beauty and fragility of life. Our goal is to create and Academy Award quality film about the roots of raw creativity, in one of the most censored and closed off countries on earth. This is more than just a movie, it's a movement that will help MILLIONS of people.....and be seen by MILLIONS of people worldwide. 

Below is how it all began: 

Here are some related links :

A profile on the country of Burma : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1300003.stm

Information about the Saffron Revolution : http://uscampaignforburma.org/learn-about-burma/saffron-revolution

Biography of Aung San Suu Kyi:  http://www.notablebiographies.com/An-Ba/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi.html

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