The Forgotten: Documenting the Rohingya
The Forgotten: Documenting the Rohingya
A short film charting the extraordinary individual stories following the 2012 Rakhine State riots.
A short film charting the extraordinary individual stories following the 2012 Rakhine State riots. Read more
About The Film
Over the last few years, Myanmar has experienced the sort of change only seen once in a generation. With Aung San Su Kyi now free from house arrest, the move from authoritarian central government seems unstoppable. The last few months have seen President Thein Sein tour the world's capitals, western leaders welcoming him with open arms. All seems well with a country in rehabilitation. But look a little closer and battles are still raging inside the artificially constructed borders of this ethnically diverse country. And one of the most persecuted groups are the Rohingya community.
Our documentary will be part observational, part character-based, focusing on this stateless community. It will highlight the journey that one person has taken since a flare in violence last summer. From their village to the displacement camps they now call home. Within the story we will capture the families caught up in the refugee camps that lay scattered across Rakhine State, documenting daily life in a cinematic style that allows the audience to truly feel their despair. Burma itself is virgin territory, with the visual influences of western culture long resisted. You can expect the cinematography to truly reflect that spectacular imagery.
The world can't see them, the world can't hear them. With your support we can make this film and stop their voices going unheard.
A Short History of the Rohingya
Shortly after a coup in 1962, the military government began to dissolve Rohingya social and political organisations. The 1974 Emergency Immigration Act removed Burmese nationality from the Rohingya.
In 1977, a national effort to register citizens began to screen out foreigners prior to a national census. The military campaign that ensued led to widespread killings, rape, and destruction of mosques and religious persecution. By 1978, more than 200,000 Rohingya had fled to Bangladesh.
Under the 1982 Citizenship Law, Rohingya were declared “non-national” or “foreign residents” and not recognized as one of the 135 “national races” by the Myanmar government.
Today, more than 700,000 Rohingya in northern Rakhine today are effectively stateless and denied basic human rights. And the violence continues. The UNCHR currently count 140,000 internally displaced refugees in Arakan State; people living in fear for their lives in the land they call home.
Who We Are
A collaboration between Journalist and Filmmaker, with over fifteen years experience between us, this will be our first independent production separate from the media organisations that have shaped us. Both passionate about documentary films, for this project we were keen to find an area of the world largely undocumented, while at the same time seeking out untold extraordinary stories.
Why We Are Fundraising
This project cannot reach fruition with our investment alone. We have self-funded the broadcast-quality equipment that we will carry through to subsequent projects, but we need your support for our project to be realised. Our costs are in the region of £9,000, with the following areas directly receiving your funding:
Flights to and around Myanmar
Local Hire staff i.e. drivers, translators & fixers
Emergency kit i.e. rations, tents, sat-phones
How Kickstarter Works
We set a funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
We cannot describe to you how thankful we are for each and every pledge. We've tried to be creative with the rewards for those offering greater amounts of support. Clearly with a film, there are the obvious thank-you notes, production t-shirts, but for the more generous we can offer exclusive Producer credits on the film, invites to the premiere and after-party, and a dinner with the producer and director.
Risks and challenges
Producing, directing, editing and promoting a film is our specialty. These are areas we have studied and worked in for almost fifteen years. The risks and challenges with this film are almost entirely centered on the gathering phase.
Myanmar has only recently opened up, but the risks of moving around and entering a refugee camp are still great. But we have impeccable contacts inside the country, and with those specialists outside. We also have back-up location plans in less controversial but equally impressive areas. Our equipment is advanced and portable and our schedule modular to allow for hitches and hiccups. Most importantly, we are adept at operating in hostile environments.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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