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Noise Pop: My Buddha is Punk

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2:00 pm, $12

Kyaw Kyaw, a 25-year-old Burmese punk, pursues the dream of seeing the punk scene take off in Myanmar. The former military dictatorship carried out a few democratic reforms, but he remains sceptical: In his opinion, the country hasn’t changed yet. Along with the members of his punk band, he tries to raise the awareness of his people about the persistent violation of human rights. By way of his music and the demonstrations in the streets, he criticizes the ongoing civil war and the persecutions of ethnic minorities. He travels across the country to promote his philosophy among the young generations: A symbiosis of Buddhism and punk that rejects religious dictates and political doctrine.

Plays with the short film, The Boombox Collection: Zion I (TRT: 10 min.), by local filmmaker Malcolm Pullinger.  The Boombox Collection is a series of short doc portraits of underground hip-hop artists.  In this intimate portrait and performance piece, Zumbi, the frontman of the prolific underground hip-hop duo Zion I, reflects on his legacy and the question of artistic integrity vs. mainstream success. Dir: Andreas Hartmann, 68 min, 2016.

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