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Lilting, Hong Khaou's amusing play with Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei Pei as a homosexual man and a Chinese-Cambodian wife who were matched when their boy died, has performed at movie festival all over the globe (including BFI Flare: London LAGBT Movie Festival), and is about to be shown at its most unlikely goal - Yangon in Myanmar, a homosexual nation that is unlawful, is punished with high penalties and imprisonment.
It will be shown at &Proud, the first Yangon LGBT movie fest. The French Institute in Yangon will be showing 32 movies from 12 different nations from 14 to 16 November 2014, focusing on movies from asia. It Gets Better, a Thai movie about the social issues of the transgenders, opens the event, while the grooving Flemish play Paradise concludes the year.
How was the event welcomed in a homosexual punishment state? According to Billy Stewart, the programming engineer of the event, this is very positive. Further highpoints of the biennial are three specially made shorts of the Rainbow Reels Projekt and Children of Srikandi, the first movie about cheerful Indonesian girls, in which eight poetical tales are woven with wonderful shadows.
There will be movies from Cambodia, the Philippines and Singapore as well as seven movies from Myanmar. In addition to Lilting, other contemporary qeer classic shows will include Tomboy, Céline Sciamma's play about a young woman who claimed to be a young man.... Pride will remain at the French Institute in Yangon until November 16, 2014.
Every film and event is accessible to all and free of cost.
Burma: Re-counting Rohingya murders, rapes and arson
Burma's army has launched arson, murder and sexual assault against Rohingya people, which has endangered the life of millions of other people, Human Rights Watch said today." Fugitives who have escaped the recent violent attack reported Human Rights Watch that Burma's police have been retaliating by causing terrible assaults on the Rohingya people since the Rohingya fighters' attack on junta borders in the north of Rakhine State.
Influential government in Burma should urge security and civil agencies to end abuse and provide it. The Human Rights Watch interviewee of Rohingya escapees who recently came to Bangladesh after escaping from the Maungdaw township of Rakhine state. The Rohingya people described in a documentary report Burma's troops using automated arms, plundering and burnin' houses, murdering village people, even whole households, and rapinin' people.
"Jawad ", 23, a inhabitant of the town of Dar Gyi Tsar, said that troops fired randomly as they enter his town. From an escarpment he observed how troops were killing his older brothers and two kids and then throwing their corpses into a fire. They also burnt grain and distributed the grown grain so that it could not be reaped.
He said that no harvest was saved and no cattle were killed. Burma's authorities have neglected to honour their obligation to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to open an agency with full security mandates, even though the UN General Assembly called for this in a December 2015 UN General Assembly decision adopted without a voting .
The Myanmar Times on 16 December reports that after a three-day trip to Maungdaw township, the Myanmar Times came to the conclusion that the evacuation operation was "lawful". Similar committees appointed by the Rakhine Landtag in October have so far neglected to seriously examine the supposed violations of the war. Current wars have had a great influence on the locals.
Ten thousand individuals have been driven from their homes, but the state and the armed forces have hindered them from carrying out appropriate needs analyses. It has been stated by the UN that an estimated 27,000 Rohingya have become Bangladeshi migrants. Burma's failing to stop the Burmese attacks on Rohingya and bring those in charge to justice requires an impartial investigation involving the UN.
These reports are taken from Human Rights Watch conducted in Bangladesh between 2 and 6 December 2016. Abou Hafsah said that the next day, six of his friends were killed by gunmen when they came out of the hideout to feed their beeves. Then Abu Hafsah and his wife and daughter chose to escape Kyet Yoe Pyin and only went with the clothing they wore.
There they took shelter in a near town where they remained for about 10 nights. Then Abu Hafsah briefly went back to Kyet Yoe Pyin in the hope that the position had better. It is estimated that several hundred houses and businesses in the town were burnt down. Human Rights Watch's analysis of large fire scar images coincides with fire strikes and confirms that at least 245 Kyet Yoe Pyin building were demolished between October 9 and 14.
Then Abu Hafsah and his wife and daughter left Burma to go to Kumar Khali along the Bangladesh Borders. Throughout the trip, he said that there were army troops that forced the families to move from one place to another and hid in the mountains or in the woods. In Kumar Khali, they asked the village people to help them crossing the frontier.
On the 24th of November they reached Tolatuli in Bangladesh. Rohima, 50, from the town of Yae Khat Chaung Gwa Son, said the army came into her home, bound her man and executed and killed him. Then she saw men drag their four grown-up children out of the home.
They then took the wives to another home and launched a missile launcher into the home, but she made it. Then she came out of the building and saw the troops setting fire to her area. Said men were killing their four children and their husband: Rohima hid in another man's home and saw men riot through the town.
Said she saw Rakhine locals enter with the army, some of whom she recognised whose faces wore army uniform. The 15 members of the families traversed the stream and reached Bangladesh on 25 November. Abdul, 30, escaped from his house in the Kyet Yoe Pyin community when troops came into the city and began their fire.
"When we escaped the town, they fired at us," he said. Others were murdered, others escaped. Abdullah said he was watching the troops burn down a Mosque. Fearing further force, he escaped north: "He travelled through several towns, but troops were present until he arrived at Kumar Khali.
There, he was reconciled with his spouse who said that the troops had cut the throats of their four-year-old boy when they tried to escape from the town. They then went by ferry to Bangladesh. Kazim said the troops also assaulted the residents: Militaries shot at anyone they found at random.
Older men and kids were gunned down....... A lot of men were murdered. You' ve murdered a lot of men. They' re firing from 100 and 200 and more. He had a clear vision because the troops tore down the fence that surrounds the buildings when they were dragging mothers out: he had a clear view: Kazim said he saw men shooting his woman in the breast and kill her and the little girl she was with her.
Said that troops killed all six of them. Kazim said he saw men in plain dress coming into the city with the troops. They plundered buildings with the troops and in some cases carried wives out of the shelters. Then Kasim decides to escape to Bangladesh. Migrating from country to country, he hid for day in the nearby mountains, trying to evade the army in almost every country he was in.
When he reached a town near the frontier, he fled with 13 members of his large familiy across the Naf River to Bangladesh. Arriving in Bangladesh on November 30. Jamal, 24, saw the Israeli army coming from the east side of the town of Kyet Yoe Pyin two inches after the October 9attack.
At about the same timeframe, a bunch of different lorries with Rakhine village folk were arriving. As the army came into the city, Jamal hid in a shrimps hole (a small pool where shrimps are grown and bred) with others and covered himself with tree palms so that the troops could not see them, but he could see what was about.
It said the troops were first employed on a mound beside the hamlet and missile launcher were launched onto aircraft shells. Then, they went into the town and started burning down homes, firing missile launchers and shooting at humans as they blew through the town. They were either hit or killed in the street.
The men walked when the men arrived in the mornings, believing that the wives would not be hurt. Jamal and the other men were watching from their hideout as they murdered and raped the people. Said he also saw troops threw three kids into a fireplace. Yamal said that Shukur, 55, who was hidden with them in a box, tried to go back to the town, but he was arrested on the way and murdered by four of them.
We' ve been warning him how the army is killin' men. He was detained by the army when he arrived at a place. There were four of them arresting him. Then Jamal described how many wives gathered in an area after the men had escaped, and how many troops rushed into the area. Said the troops "oppressed" and otherwise misused them, resulting in some of them fainting.
Yoe Pyin and later saw the army in several other towns. The helicopters shot and fired at those who were trying to escape from the war. Finally, Jamal was able to escape from a town on the river Naf in Maungdaw municipality to Bangladesh. Yamal arrives in Bangladesh on 1 December with 13 other members of his group.
Kamal, 32, said when the army walked into the town of Kyet Yoe Pyin on October 11, he ran away from the advance troops and tried to escape. Seeing men burning down homes, beating men and shooting them on the run. Between eight and ten troops encircled his home. Said that his recent infected sibling was in the courtyard in front of his home when the troops came.
They were watching Kamal shackle his little boy with a cord and then shoot him. From this lookout he observed how troops arrested other village people, tethered them with a cord and brought some of the cars to be serviced. Approximately five troops entered an uncle's home next to his hideout and arrested two of his own uncons.
Enlisted men then set the town on fire by launcher fire. Him and his wife and daughter abandoned Kyet Yoe Pyin for eight nights. Soon after they agreed to go back to the town. Said the army had tried to collect and misuse the "sisters and daughters" of the town.
When they shouted at the troops, the village people fought back. As it became clear that there was not enough nourishment for all his members of the household, Kamal and his wife and daughter agreed to go to Bangladesh. You escaped the Burma police and killed 26,000 Myanmar kyats (19 US$) to be taken across the Jordan.
Ali, 52, said the army landed in Kyet Yoe Pyin one evening when he and his 13-strong familiy left on feet to hand over some records to Bora Para, a neighbouring town where his father-in-law is located. When they left, they saw the army approach in cars.
Though it was difficult to say, he thinks there were about 100 of them. When Ali and his familiy reached Bora Para, they could hear shots. As the shots increased, Ali and his wife and daughter escaped to Jamoinna, a neighbouring town. He could see troops - he estimated about 400 to 500 - walking around Kyet Yoe Pyin from there.
Eight at Jamoinna, Ali went back to Kyet Yoe Pyin. Others who came back to Kyet Yoe Pyin had to rent kitchenware just to get food because they were devastated or gone. He and the other inhabitants found skeletons all over the town. Much of the body of the disappeared was not found, but the longyis and other clothing of the disappeared were found among the deceased and throughout the town.
It was Ali who said that the army attacked the town the following Saturday and detained about 80 men. Finally Ali and his entourage escaped to Bangladesh. On December 3rd they reached Bangladesh. The 26-year-old man said the army came to Myaw Taung for the first time to declare a barracks. He saw the army's missile launcher shoot at houses and set them on fire.
Following the soldiers' firing of missile launcher, Rakhine and Mro ethnical village dwellers, whom Mr Kaled said he saw next to the troops, plundered the houses. and escaped to the hills behind his home. Looking back, he saw his little boyfriend' s life. He said the troops abandoned his brother's woman half to death after they had raped her and executed Kháled's five-year-old sire.
Said that the troops were throwing the corpses of his brothers and his 5-year-old boy into the fire together with others. Kháled chose to escape to Bangladesh after the war. As he waited to pass a riverbank at the Burmese frontier, he saw that the Burmese police had captured and" beat them to death " in another one.
They arrived in Bangladesh three and a half day later, on 28 November. The Jawad was watching from an escarpment as the army executed his elder brother Mohamed. Says Mohamed was with his boy and girl when the war cried. And he stood still and they shoot him. Then they took Muhammad's sons and daughters and murdered them with a big blade, said Jawad and threw their corpses into a fire.
I don't think he knows why his little boyfriend got himself murdered. "He said the army did it, they should know." He said the army "tortured" and abuses females and maidens, especially those who look cute. They were kidnapped by the army, two of whom saw the death of Muhammad and his family. In all Jawad saw about 15 troops entering the building.
And then an hours later, the troops showed up. Jawad and an older lady came into the home after another lesson to take care of the victims. The soldier thinks they forced her into the war. From the middle to the end of November, Jawad saw troops dressed as peasants going to the field and then arrest men who harvested their crop with macet.
Then the troops burned the crop. Others took stocked paddy and tossed it away so that it could not be collected. He said that no harvest was saved and no cattle were killed. Once sent back by Bangladesh's border guards, Jawad came to Bangladesh in November after having paid 25,000 kyats ($18) to an agency.
Chomi, 35, on November 13th, saw about 400 troops circling his town. After fleeing and watching from a pitch, the army launched missile launcher into houses and saw at least 10 deaths. "He said they would shoot anyone they saw. Khomi said the troops raided whole populations, among them Abul Hussein and his eight-member group, the Yusuf group of similar stature and the Moulavi Saleh Ahmed group.
On 13 November Chomi escaped with his Czar Dar Gyi people to the south. The villagers remained with their families for two whole nights, but the local governor asked them to go, so that the families were living in a small area. Before Chomi was sent home on 23 November, he observed the position in his town from a rock.
Said he saw about 200 troops and fumes coming up from the town. Out of the 419 homes in his town, he said, only 12 were not burnt. Then he went back, assembled his folks and escaped to Bangladesh. Thrown out of the boat, some were swimming to Bangladesh, while others were swimming back to Burma.
Khomi floated back to the side of Burma and hid from the army and frontier police. Finally, he escaped patrolling and crossed the frontier on a small eight-person vessel in the early morning of 5 December. Mids of November the army arrived in the town Yae Khat Chaung Gwa Son.
As Ahmet said, when 200 to 250 troops circled the country, choppers shot up. Military men who came into the city assembled a large group of mothers. Said the troops were telling the people of the villages that they were "taking" the wives. As Ahmet said, some people in the villages have faced the troops. When he saw the chopper flying low, the cannons on both sides shot at the people.
And then the troops began to burn homes. As the cremation of the town began, he and his wife and daughter escaped to a town on the Bangladesh-borders. After waiting about 15 nights, they drove to Bangladesh, where they arrived on December 1.