EN - "Victims of the past are not hindrances, but essential parts of Burma’s future."
More than 65 million people around the world are displaced from their homes, the largest number since the second world war. For the Karen people from southeast Burma, the Rohingya crisis brings back memories of what they experienced some 15 years ago. Aggressive operations from the Burmese military resulted in over 400,000 Karen people being displaced. When the British left Burma about 60 years ago, the Burmese government embarked on an ongoing civil war against the many ethnic minorities in the country, including the Karen people. As a result, many Karen fled to neighbouring Thailand. In order to survive, they started working in the border town of Mae Sot or in the Thai capital Bangkok.

I Am Golden Karen tells the story of Thaawa, a young Karen rapper who is part of an entire generation that has grown up in Thailand but nurtures a strong desire to return to their motherland. We follow Thaawa as he negotiates his identity from being a young migrant arriving in Bangkok to becoming a father. He questions his responsibilities towards the family and his desire to both settle in Thailand and return to Karen State.

NL - “Victims of the past are not hindrances, but essential parts of Burma’s future.” Wereldwijd zijn meer dan 65 miljoen mensen op de vlucht, het hoogste aantal sinds de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Voor de Karen, een ethnische minderheid uit Zuidoost-Birma, brengt de recente Rohingya-crisis pijnlijke herinneringen boven aan wat zij 15 jaar geleden ervaarden. Het geweld en de systematische onderdrukking door het Birmese leger zorgde ervoor dat ca. 400.000 Karen hun land ontvluchtten en een leven begonnen als vluchteling in buurland Thailand. I Am Golden Karen vertelt het verhaal van Thawaa, een jonge Karen-hiphopmuzikant en zijn familie. Zijn verhaal staat symbool voor een hele generatie die is opgegroeid als tweederangsburger in Thailand, maar nog steeds een sterk verlangen koestert om terug te keren naar hun vaderland.

Info

Title I Am Golden Karen
Original title I Am Golden Karen
Original language Thai, Birmese, Karen
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre Documentary
Year 2018
World première / first public presentation 2018-04-18

Credits

Photography Maui Druez, Preben Verledens
Editing Beppe Leonetti
Sound Raf Enckels
Music Simon Carlier

Technical specs

Running time film 83'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray, Digital HD 1080p25
Sound format Dolby Digital 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Canvas
Tax shelter partners Fonds Pascal Decroos

Festivals

2018: Mooov Filmfestival (BE)

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Last edited on 8 June 2018

Short info

Director Maui Druez, Preben Verledens
Producers Steven Dhoedt
Writers Maui Druez, Preben Verledens
Contact

Visualantics
Steven Dhoedt
Hooikaai 17
1000 Brussels
Belgium
T +32 2 361 5165
info@visualantics.net
www.visualantics.net

Sales

Website www.iamgoldenkaren.com
Preferential partners