This video seeks to convey the story of the Karen through the media of music and pictures.
There are three themes to the video:
1. The Karen;
2. The longing for a homeland;
3. Light vs. Dark.
This video contains graphic images of violent atrocities committed against the Karen.
Viewer discretion is advised.
A video slideshow depicting the lives of Karen villagers who must flee into the jungle with their families and whatever they can carry on their backs in order to remain free.
A BBC Television News report from May 2006 details the actrocities carried out by the military government in Burma
A BBC Television special "Burma's Secret War"
A documentary about the All Burma Student Democratic Front (ABSDF), a rebel group composed of students of varying ethnicities fighting together against the Burma Army following the student uprisings of the late 1980's.
Beyond Rangoon is a 1995 drama film by John Boorman about Laura Bowman (played by Patricia Arquette), an American tourist who vacations in Burma in 1988, the year in which the 8888 Uprising takes place. The film was mostly filmed in Malaysia, and is based on a true story. The city scenes are an accurate depiction of what the Military Junta's response to any organised demonstrations may be.
The rural scenes portray the Burma Army's curruption and brutality with which the government rules those of Burman ethnicity.
However, the film barely touches on the cruelty, starvation, torture, rape, slavery, hardship, and murder which the Burma Army inflicts on the Non-Burman ethnicities. It does show how far the Karen people will go to help others even though they often have nothing themselves.
Overall the movie scores big on attempting to wake up the World to the suffering of the Burmese population which the media has ignored and allowed to fester for decades.
Beyond Rangoon Episode #1
Beyond Rangoon Episode #2
Beyond Rangoon Episode #3
Beyond Rangoon Episode #4
Beyond Rangoon Episode #5
Beyond Rangoon Episode #6
Beyond Rangoon Episode #7
Beyond Rangoon Episode #8
Beyond Rangoon Episode #9
Beyond Rangoon Episode #10
Beyond Rangoon Episode #11
Beyond Rangoon Episode #12
Beyond Rangoon Episode #13
Beyond Rangoon Final Episode