by Holly FISHER
2002 / 2K / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 90' 00

KALAMA SUTTA: SEEING IS BELIEVING is an experimental film meditation on the political and cultural upheaval in the country of Burma (Myanmar). Post-Cold War legacies — militarism, human rights and environmental abuse, and ethnic genocide – are linked in this living history of Burma. Three weeks traveling inside confirmed that the only access to what was really going on was through conversations with refugees and exiles, smuggled underground media and archives pulled off the internet.
Never has so much information been available at a time when it is equally possible for a tourist to savor “The Golden Land” without knowing that Burma was then ruled by one of the most brutal military dictatorships on the planet. The viewer’s project here is to make meaning and/or an emotional connection to a place colonized by the British for a century, where the junta seeks business via the internet while the ethnics fetch water in hollow bamboo.


distribution format Digital file on server (NTSC)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 259,00 €