Special Screening "The Art to Survive..." at the Romanian-American University

14 March, 12:00

Romanian-American University Auditorium, 1B Expozitiei Blvd.

Czech Republic, 2012, 58'

Štěpánka Šimlová / Bára Stejskalová

Czech, Burmese, English

English, Romanian

Admission is free of charge. After the film there will be a debate with the audience. With the participation of Jiri Sitler, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Romania.

A Message from the Karen State in Burma.

Free Burma Rangers movement came to the attention of movie fans with the Rambo sequel, directed in 2008 by Sylvester Stallone.

What is the real life of people in this organization? The war between ethnic groups and pro-regime Burmese army has been taking place in the ethnic regions for more than 60 years. This is the longest running armed conflict in the world. The story of everyone living in this region includes expulsions from home, burned villages, hiding in the jungle, captivity, rape and death of loved ones. This is where in 1994 a group of 250 volunteers was formed, which decided to risk their own lives in order to help the local civilians. They provide medical assistance, deliver food, monitor and document civil rights violations and create a communication system which gives the local people a warning before attacks of the Burmese army. Through all of this, and by merely their presence, they bring to the lives of villagers hope – in their own words the single most important thing they have to offer.

The film was shot in usually inaccessible areas during the delivery of humanitarian aid for a burned down village. It also uses archive footage of FBR and presents the extent and features of infliction and suffering in this region.