MY BUDDHA IS PUNK

Sunday, April 23, 5:30 PM
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
My Buddha is Punk
(Dir: Andreas Hartmann, 2015, Germany/Myanmar, 68 min)
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This critically-acclaimed documentary follows the activist efforts of a young punk within the burgeoning punk scene of Myanmar (formerly Burma).

Kyaw Kyaw, a 25-year-old Burmese punk, pursues his dream of establishing a flourishing punk scene in Myanmar.  Although the former military dictatorship has carried out a few democratic reforms, Kyaw remains skeptical as, in his opinion, the country hasn’t really changed yet.  Along with the members of his punk band, The Rebel Riot, Kyaw uses music and street demonstrations to raise awareness about persistent violations of human rights and the ongoing persecution of ethnic minorities.  His philosophy is a symbiosis of Buddhism and punk that rejects religious dictates and political doctrine, but while fighting for freedom and preaching for the importance of individual autonomy, he faces the difficulty to remain true to one’s own ideals.

A rare look into a foreign music scene in its infancy whose ideals, tolerance, and community values are instantly relatable to punks and activists the world-over.

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