Film - Documentary | February 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Yusuf Zine, Director
Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies
The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center of American Overseas Research Centers, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, Center for Initiative on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Race and Gender, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Human Rights Center, 1947 Partition Archive, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, The South Asia Art Initiative
Join us for a special screening of a documentary about life, loss, and the resilience of the most persecuted people on Earth. I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts is a powerful documentary that chronicles the journey of fourteen Rohingya youth who take to the stage in order to depict their families' harrowing escape from Burma. With no prior acting experience, the decision to re-enact the stories of their people becomes a courageous act of resistance, demonstrating to the world that they will not be erased, and they will not be silenced.
The event will include a discussion with the director, Yusuf Zine.
Inspired by the award-winning play of the same name, I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts chronicles the journey of fourteen refugee youth who take to the stage in front of a live audience to re-enact their families harrowing experiences in Burma and beyond, ultimately raising awareness for a conflict that has increasingly resembled a cruel and systematic ethnic cleansing campaign.
Leading up to the night of their sold-out performance, the film takes audiences through the personal lives of the performers, capturing their struggles as they adjust to their new lives in Canada, and exploring the cultural identity of the most persecuted people on Earth.
With no prior acting experience, their stage production becomes a courageous act of resistance, demonstrating to the world that they will not be erased, and they will not be forgotten.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Yusuf Zine is an actor and director, known for I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts (2018), Fame & Fidelity (2013) and Righteous Sinner (2019). He is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an MA in Social Justice & Community Engagement, and also pursued theatre training at the University of Waterloo.
1 hour 24 minutes
This screening is being held in conjunction with a one day conference titled Beyond the Crisis Narrative: Rohingya Statelessness and its implications for Bangladesh on Fri, February 7, 2020. Details HERE.
Event is FREE and OPEN to the public.
Established in 2013 with a generous gift from the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Foundation, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladeshs cultures, peoples and history. The first of its kind in the US, the Centers mission is to create an innovative model combining research, scholarships, the promotion of art and culture, and the building of ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the University of California.
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