'This Kind of Love' follows Burmese human rights educator and activist Aung Myo Min as he returns home after 24 years in exile. The film embraces the idea that community and inclusion are fundamental to creating meaningful political and social change in Burma. Myo’s vision that human rights is for everyone - from children to transgender people to ethnic nationalities - makes 'This Kind of Love' an offering of hope for the future.
Director Jeanne Hallacy filmed Myo's journey over the past two years and is seeking funds to complete the final production and editing of the film and to launch an advocacy campaign to use the film for social change in Burma and internationally.
About the Campaign
This Kind of Love is a 45-minute documentary film viewing Burma's political transition through the journey of one activist.
Aung Myo Min is an activist who takes the issues of human rights – including gay rights – to the forefront of the political debate in Burma.
We follow his journey home as he returns to help rebuild Burma's civil society after decades of brutal dictatorship.
This Kind of Love will be FREELY distributed in Burma through the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma along with a bilingual discussion kit for use at screenings. Aung Myo Min will present the film in his trainings throughout Burma and will embark on a speaking tour with the film in North America in the fall of 2014.
This Kind of Love embraces the idea that community and inclusion are fundamental to creating meaningful political and social change in Burma. Myo’s vision that human rights is for everyone - from children to transgenders to ethnic nationalities - makes This Kind of Love an offering of hope for the future.
This Kind of Love has been in production since 2012, self-funded by the director and made possible with in-kind contributions of labor from the production crew.
We need your support to complete the film and advance Myo's advocacy in Burma.
All donors will be thanked on the film's web site and Facebook page.
All donors at the $100 level and above will receive a copy of the film on DVD.
How Your Donations Will Be Used
Join us to reach our goal of $24,000 to be used for:
• Final production shoot in Burma with Aung Myo Min (July 2014)
• Editing of film (ongoing)
• Final editing for master tape
• Original music
• Sound mixing
• Translation of the film from English to Burmese
• Burmese subtitled version of the film
• Development of a bi-lingual toolkit for discussion groups
• Design and printing of the tool kit
• 500 DVD copies of the film to be distributed for free in Burma
• Aung Myo Min's travel to North America to screen the film and deliver an analysis of Burma's current human rights situation
• Submission fees for international film festivals
• Media outreach to publicize the key issues of Child Rights and LGBT Rights highlighted in the film
Empower us to realize a film and campaign to keep human rights issues in Burma at the forefront of national and international discussions in the lead up to the 2015 elections.
Thank you! Or, as we say in Burmese, Gee zu tin ba de shin!
Please contact the director for more information about the film, being part of the advocacy team and organizing a screening in an educational institute or community organization at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Film
After being barred from his homeland for 24 years, Aung Myo Min returns to Burma as a leading human rights educator and the first openly gay activist. He travels the country sharing his expertise on Child Rights and LGBT Rights to create change.
This Kind of Love will be nationally televised inside Burma by the Democratic Voice of Burma and free copies of the film and an educational toolkit will be distributed through his organization, Human Rights Education Institute of Burma.
Myo sets a unique example as a gay man; as a respected human rights advocate in a traditional culture where the term LGBT remains largely unknown, he is working for inclusion of this community in the national political debate.
As a student activist who fled Burma after the violent crackdown in 1988, Myo was forced to make his own path in the political movement after being ousted from his organization. He founded his own organization, Human Rights Education Institute of Burma, and set out to train children, women, ethnic nationalities and LGBT communities - empowering them to recognize and tackle discrimination and abuse in their daily life.
Myo is an expert on child rights, championing the rights of child soldiers, laborers and migrants as part of the country's democratic transformation. Reinforced with his effervescent personality and the conviction that communities empowered by political knowledge can create lasting change for peace, he brings light to those affected by the darkness of human rights abuses. For children and youth displaced by warfare and tyranny, Myo has offered them creative outlets and personal fulfillment. He is also a tactical human rights campaigner. During his years of exile, he spoke at UN forums from Geneva to New York to Brussels. Now Myo is back in Burma, building new communities and training a new generation of activists.
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