The public is invited to attend a screening of selected clips from the documentary film, “Break the Silence: The Karen in Burma and Moving to Mars: A Million Miles from Burma,” on June 2, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the 3M Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 45 West 10th Street, downtown St. Paul.
The screening is also a chance to learn about KOM services and programs. Staff and board members of the Karen Organization of Minnesota will introduce the film clips and briefly discuss the Karen refugee story. Food prepared by Karen refugees will be provided and attendees can learn about KOM programs and volunteer opportunities.
“The film screening is a wonderful opportunity for the Twin Cities community to learn about the Karen people and other refugees from Burma,” said Chong Vang, executive director, KOM. “Karen speakers will supplement the video clips by giving their firsthand account of what they experienced.”
Break the Silence: the Karen in Burma, is directed by Pierre Mignault & Hélène Magny. The filmmakers entered Burma’s most dangerous zones, penetrating into the heart of the Karen Nation, where civil war has been waging for 60 years.
Moving to Mars: A Million Miles from Burma is directed by Mat Whitecross. The film is the 2011 Grierson Award Winner for Best Documentary on A Contemporary Issue, and documents the resettlement of Burmese refugees.
“These clips are a moving and powerful testament to the struggles faced by Burmese refugees and the obstacles they have overcome,” Said Susan Schuster, President of the KOM Board of Directors. “This is a must-attend event for anyone who is curious about the Karen people or who want to know more about what KOM is doing to serve this refugee community in Minnesota!”
The Karen (ka-REN) are an ethnic minority from the mountainous regions of Burma and Thailand. The Karen have been persecuted by the Burmese military junta for decades and today, many families who have fled their homes have resettled in Minnesota, which has the largest population of Karen outside of Southeast Asia.
Guests are asked to provide a voluntary contribution of $10.00 that will go to support KOM Services. Contact KOM for information and to RSVP at 651-788-7593 or [email protected] and visit www.mnkaren.org. KOM offices are located at 1394 Jackson Street, Suite. 324, St. Paul, MN 55117.