Guardians of Paradise

Published on January 17, 2023

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An intimate glance into the Burmese life and culture in the months preceding the 2021 military coup. A meditation on Freedom & Peace to support the People of Myanmar in their painful struggle towards self-determination and a more equal society.

On February 1st 2021, the army has overthrown the democratically elected government in a coup d’état that dramatically affected 54 million Burmese, plunging the whole country into a state of fear, violence and extreme isolation.

To this day, at least 945 innocent civilians were killed by the army, 6871 were arrested, among whom journalists, artists, actors, fashion models, influencers and political opponents. 65 were sentenced to death penalty for protesting against the regime, and an estimated 230,000 people have been displaced by violence and fighting.

In a moment where the people of Myanmar need help and international attention the most, this work wish to portray the uniqueness of the Burmese culture, as well as to bear witness of their incredible strength, whose true power lies in compassion, gracefulness, generosity and human dignity.

Written and Directed by Ivan Maria Friedman
Music by Max Richter
“On the Nature of Daylight”(Original publisher: Mute Song Ltd.; courtesy of Universal Music GmbH / Deutsche Grammophon)

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