The Changing Face of Myanmar
A Documentary Film
On November 8, 2015, Myanmar held its first free elections in over 20 years. This election marked a momentous shift in this nation’s history and the beginning of a new chapter of hope. The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi (colloquially known as “the lady”), won the election in a landslide victory to the dismay of the ruling Military regime.
While in Myanmar in 2015-2016, I interviewed people about the changing social and political landscape in the country. I spoke with people from all walks of life about identity, religion and beliefs. Many of the people I spoke with were jailed for their beliefs and are now starting to see their country change.
The original plan was to return in 5 years and interview the same people—from everyday citizens to human rights activists to reggae stars—to see what has changed politically, socially, and otherwise. Given the current ethnic cleansing that’s occurring in the country with the Rohingya, my piece has taken on new significance and I am re-working it to reflect this devastating truth.
The piece is currently in-edit.