Short Film: GUARDIANS OF PARADISE, 12min., Switzerland, Experimental Documentary

An intimate glance into the Burmese life and culture in the months preceding the 2021 military coup. A meditation on Freedom & Peace to support the People of Myanmar in their painful struggle towards self-determination and a more equal society.

This short film was shot with the generous participation of the people of Bagan, a famous historical and religious site in Myanmar, between 2019 and 2020.

On February first 2021, the army has overthrown the democratically elected government in a coup d’état that affected 54 millions of Burmese dramatically, plunging the whole country into fear, violence and extreme isolation.

Currently trapped between a deadly third wave of Covid, their own military killing them and a collapsing economy, the situation in Burma is a humanitarian disaster that reaches new lows every single day.

To this day, at least 1200 innocent civilians were killed by the army, 9000 were arrested, among whom journalists, artists, actors, fashion models, influencers and political opponents. 65 were sentenced to death penalty for protesting against the regime and an estimated 230,000 people have been displaced by violence and fighting.

In a moment where they need international attention the most, this work wish to portray the uniqueness of the Burmese culture, as well as to bear witness of their incredible strength, whose true power lies in compassion, gracefulness, true generosity and human dignity.

With this film I hope to spread some awareness on their tragic situation. I wish you enjoy this film about Bagan in Burma and its peaceful people whom I had the priviledge to meet and spend time with.

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