Art as a Weapon

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeff Durkin’s new work is a documentary about the intersection of human rights, Buddhism and art as a weapon for peace in Burma. With only three more days to collect funds on KICKSTARTER, here’s their statement and teaser for you:

“Art as a weapon” will look at the connection between street Art, Buddhism and the struggle for Democracy by using the closed country of Burma as a case study. The film will follow a Buddhist monk poet who’s building a library, artist Shepard Fairey painting a 30′ tall mural, and a elementary school art class learning how to use spray paint- giving the audience a peek into the the lives of artists and how art has the power to move people. Interviews include Shepard Fairey and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

Why we need to tell this story

Art has the power to shift paradigms, and images have the power to change the way people think about things. I believe in the power of film to do that, and to help shed a positive light on the country of Burma, a country that has been defined so much by it’s problems. With the non-violent spirit of A Nobel Peace Prize winner, the philosophy of the Buddhist monks, and the background of a country devastated by war, the film will show the beauty and fragility of life. Our goal is to create and Academy Award quality film about the roots of raw creativity, in one of the most censored and closed off countries on earth. This is more than just a movie, it’s a movement that will help MILLIONS of people…..and be seen by MILLIONS of people worldwide. 

Visit their KICKSTARTER page and donate anything beginning from $1. This is how it all began:

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