Experimental filmmaker to present documentary on Burma

Visiting filmmaker Holly Fisher will present “Kalama Sutta: Seeing is Believing” at Wake Forest University at 6 p.m. on April 11.

The film contrasts the visual beauty with the political realities of Burma.

The screening with the filmmaker is free and open to the public and will be held in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102.

“Kalama Sutta: Seeing is Believing” is a 96-minute video documentary of a trip to Burma that shows the tourist side of that country, but also examines human rights issues there. Filmmaker Fisher and her colleague Katherine Pieratos entered Burma posing as tour operators soon after the Burmese government launched an ambitious tourist campaign.

The film includes interviews with Burmese exiles leading the struggle for democracy and personal narratives of various people living in Burma.

The film had its world premier at the International Berlin Film Festival in February 2001.

Fisher edited the 1989 Academy Award nominee, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” and has produced, directed and edited several feature documentaries.

For 30 years, she has made experimental films exploring the issues of
narrative and perception. Her films were given a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1995. Fisher has received numerous awards, including grants from The Jerome Foundation, the American Film Institute and the New York State Council on the Arts.

The event is sponsored by the Wake Forest art department. For more information, call 336-758-5795.

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