In an attempt to keep their heritage alive, a group of Rohingya Muslims in Canada are making a documentary about the persecution of their community in Myanmar.
“I Am Rohingya” is a powerful and emotional drama about life, loss, violence, and hope that chronicles the lives of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, according to Muslim Link website.
It is being created by 14 young Rohingya refugee (ages 8-22) in Ontario who have joined hands to save their people back home.
The feature-length film documents the lives of these young performers as they embark on a mission to tell their story through theater.
The powerful drama is considered a form of protest against attempts by Myanmar’s government to erase the Rohingya and their culture from the Buddhist-majority country.
Considered as the world’s most persecuted minority by the UN, the Rohingya Muslims continue to suffer decades of discrimination and persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
At this point in time, over 140,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee their homes and are living in concentration camps. Alternatively, over 100,000 Rohingyas have fled Burma by boat since 2012. Burma itself is considered the #1 country most susceptible to state-led mass killings.
Seeking to complete their work by the year-end, producers of the film have appealed for donations to make their dream come true.
“Each donation you make comes with a unique perk, such as an autographed script of the play or a personalized video message from one of the kids! You can even become one of the producers of the film! But more importantly, you have contributed to breaking the silence surrounding the Rohingya crisis,” the movie makers wrote on LaunchGood website.
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