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This Prison Where I Live

Cinema for Peace rallied to enable the making of "The Prison Where I Live". Burmese comedian Zarganar, one the country’s most beloved artists, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, after his criticism of Myanmar’s handling of the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. British filmmaker Rex Bloomstein had the opportunity to secretly interview Zarganar before his incarceration. Germany’s top comedian Michael Mittermeier became involved and travelled to Myanmar with Bloomstein to follow the traces of Zarganar. The result is an impressive and moving documentary film. Zarganar has received the Lillian Hellman and Dashiel Hammett Award from the Fund for Free Expression, a part of Human Rights Watch. In addition, he is also a recipient of the One Humanity Award, awarded by PEN Canada.Zarganar spoke to the media about shortcomings of the relief effort by the country’s military regime, and organized private efforts to get help to cyclone victims. And he documented the great devastation caused in Burma, information which was consciously suppressed by the government of Myanmar.

Upcoming Screenings:


August 13th 2018, at the Schikaneder Kino in Vienna / Address: Margaretenstraße 24, A - 1040 Wien