08 February 2018
Film Screening & Discussion: "Another Truth"
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Please join RCSD Thursday, 8 February from 1:30 to 4 pm at the 4th floor meeting room of the Operations Building (Faculty of Social Science) for the screening of "Another Truth," a documentary film covering the situation in Kachin State and the ongoing conflict and peace process there between the Myanmar military and Kachin groups. The screening will be followed by a discussion with journalist and author Bertil Lintner, documentary photographer Hkun Li and ethnologist and artist Kaw Seng.

ANOTHER TRUTH tells the story of a battle for self-determination situated within the longest civil war in the world. Set in Kachin State in northern Myanmar, the film— Sun Kingdom Production’s first—explores a small community’s struggle to stay true to its political vision, as well call for a genuine political dialogue involving the ethnic Kachin people, who number less than two million.

ANOTHER TRUTH opens to footage of the shelling of the northern mountain landscape and of a fighter jet being shot down—scenes depicting the Myanmar military reprisals against the Kachin people.

The war in Kachinland is ongoing, with hundreds of communities displaced, even though Myanmar’s peace process began in 2013. It led to the signing of the controversial Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) in 2015 by just eight of the country’s more than 20 ethnic armed organizations (EAOs). Despite extensive international funding for the peace process, the government failed to secure the signature of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), which is also one of the largest non-state armed groups in the country.

ANOTHER TRUTH highlights the deeply rooted flaws of the NCA, illustrating why it will not end more than 60 years of civil war in Myanmar. It relies on insights on the crisis from international experts, members of civil society working on peace building, and EAO leaders who have been deeply involved in the peace process.

ANOTHER TRUTH explores the challenging of a top-down system that for decades has failed to address the concerns or the will of Myanmar’s people, and the implications of and reactions to the KIO’s decision to embrace a different path.

Panel discussion with:

BERTIL LINTNER is a Swedish journalist and author who has been writing about Burma and East Asia for nearly four decades. Bertil Lintner has written several books including Land of Jade, the story of his family’s 18-month overland journey from northeastern India to China through Burma’s northern rebel-held areas. Lintner has received an award for excellence in reporting about North Korea from the Society of Publishers in Asia, and was the president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) from 1993-95. Lintner’s latest book China's India War: Collision Course on the Roof of the World was is currently a best seller across Asia.

HKUN LI is a documentary photographer who has been recognized with several international awards for capturing the under-reported human tragedy in conflict zones in Kachin, Northern Myanmar. This young photographer is one of the most recognized names in the documentary photography field in Burma. When he is not participating in solo and group photo exhibitions around the world, Hkun Li enjoys passing on his skills and knowledge to the younger generation as a photography instructor. Hkun Li is a member of the SunKingdom Films which produced the documentary film “Another Truth”.

KAW SENG is an ethnologist and artist from the Jingpo (the Chinese name for the Kachin people) community in Yunnan Province, southwestern China. She has worked with more than 2,000 children whose families were displaced by armed conflicts in Myanmar and land confiscation in China. Kaw Seng facilitates visual art programs that encourage displaced children to communicate their loss, suffering and feelings of trauma.
An exhibition of paintings produced by children in Kaw Seng’s workshops will be displayed at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum from 1st March to 10th March, 2018.