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GUARDIANS of PARADISE, (film release)
Premiere Pro
a film by Ivan Maria Friedman
music by Max Richter
Switzerland, 2021
11 min 48 sec

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 Bagan and Myanmar in their struggle towards peace and a more equal society.

"The filmmaker has a rare and remarkable sensitivity for the cultural and spiritual aesthetics of the country and the people. I wish it were shown on national television every hour in every country worldwide".
Alan Clements, Author
These images were shot with the generous participation of the people of Bagan, a famous historical and religious site in Myanmar, between 2018 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 931 innocent civilians were killed by the army, 6871 were arrested, among whom journalists, artists, actors, fashion models, influencers and political opponents. 65 were sentenced to death penalty for protesting against the new 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.

As the matter receive very little coverage on the medias and the international community is mostly turning their back to them, I hope to spread some awareness on their tragic situation. I wish you enjoy this film about Burma and its peaceful people. Please help the world know about them and what's happening there.
Thank you for watching. Please help their story be told.
GUARDIANS of PARADISE, (film release)