I am Golden Karen

Maui Druez, Preben Verledens
Belgium 2018 | 83 min | engl. subtitled
Wed, 29-May-19 01:30 PM
Q&A with: Maui Druez, Preben Verledens

Even when I close my eyes, I can hardly remem­ber what my vil­lage looks like, but I carry the beauty of Karen state in my mind for­ev­er.” Some say the fight of the Karen people against the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment is the oldest ongo­ing war of our time. One of its results is the over 400,000 Karen refugees many of whom have fled to the neigh­bour­ing coun­try of Thai­land, where they live as second class cit­i­zens, strug­gling for proper doc­u­ments. I AM GOLDEN KAREN tells the story of Thaawa, a young rapper who is part of a gen­er­a­tion of Karen who have spent a great part of their lives in Thai­land but who long to return home to their moth­er­land, Karen state, in south­ern Myan­mar. We follow Thaawa as he nego­ti­ates his iden­ti­ty as a young migrant arriv­ing in Bangkok to becom­ing a father who ques­tions his respon­si­bil­i­ties towards his family and the Karen people.