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YI-YI

Yi-Yi graduated from the Burma Brilliant School for Media Arts with an emphasis in photo journalism and documentary film making. During the making of the film we gave her a camera to assist us in filming B-roll footage and interviews with the other students. She is currently attending University with plans to further her media education so she can teach other Burmese people how art and creativity can tell their story.

King Zero

King Zero is a Buddhist monk, activist and poet who posts his poems on the street to educate people on current political matters. A revolutionary at heart, he was one of the leaders of the Saffron Revolution uprising, where the monks stood up in peaceful protest to the militarized government, in which they were imprisoned and tortured. He later fled Burma to Thailand where he co-founded the Best Friend Library. http://ashin-kovidach.blogspot.com/

Erik Nordrvedt

pieces auto Erik is an American teacher living in Mae Sot and is the founder of the Burma Brilliant School for the Media Arts. He founded the school with the mission of teaching art as a form of self-expression and non-violent protest. Street art became the perfect medium for his progressive education due to its ability to get a message out to the people in public space. This is the first school of its kind in the world and the students who have graduated have gained new creative skills they otherwise wouldn’t have had access to. http://brilliantburma.org/

Romi

Romi graduated from the Burma Brilliant School for Media Arts and is now attending Rankamheang University in Bangkok. A strong supporter of non-violent protest and women’s rights in Burma. Romi works as an activist using the creative skills she learned to help educate other Burmese people.

Rebel Riot

Rebel Riot is the first Burmese punk rock band, and part the new punk rock movement that is happening in urban Burma. They use music and art to critique the Burmese government’s transition toward democracy by giving a voice to the marginalized youth of Burma. Based in the capital of Yangoon, the punk rock music and ethos are being reborn into a new culture that is challenging the authority of the new Burmese government. http://www.facebook.com/therebelriot

Shepard Fairey

Street Artist and activist Shepard Fairey has been doing work that promotes people to take action against the “crimes of humanity” for the past 2 decades. His goal is to lure the audience in with a beautiful image and then layer in a deeper message about what’s going on in the world. His painting of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been the one of the most reproduced images in the world, leading to greater awareness about Burma and its struggle towards democracy. http://www.obeygiant.com

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