March 26, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Award-winning independent film-maker Holly Fisher will discuss her documentary film, "Kalama Sutta: Seeing is Believing," at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4, in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The 96-minute documentary will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the film-maker.

Touring Burma
Soon after Burma's government launched an ambitious tourist campaign, Fisher and co-producer Katherine Pieratos traveled in the country, posing for three weeks as tour operators with video cameras.

Their finished documentary explores the gap between the Burma recently opened for tourist consumption and the other, hidden Burma off-limits to the visitor.

"Kalama Sutta" includes testimonies from Burmese exiles leading the struggle for democracy and indigenous rights, internet and undercover footage,  colonial home movies,  and archival material of the forced labor, torture, ethnic cleansing, land abuse and the struggle for survival.

Award-winning film-maker
Fisher has been active since the mid-'60s as an independent filmmaker, teacher, and editor of feature documentaries including 1989 Academy Award nominee "Who Killed Vincent Chin?". Her first documentary, "Progress, Pork-barrel, and Pheasant Feathers," won a blue ribbon in 1966 for conservation at the Educational Film Library Film Festival.

She has received numerous awards, including grants from The Jerome Foundation, The American Film Institute, and The New York State Council on the Arts. Her film works are in the collections of the Donnell Film Library, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Parabola Arts Foundation.

Bucknell-Burma connection
The film and talk, part of the University's celebration of its 150-year-old connection with Burma, is free and open to the general public. For more about the series, visit "The Burma-Bucknell Connection."

The next community event in the Bucknell series -"Historic Relationship, Contemporary Challenge: The Burma-Bucknell Connection at 150 Years and Why It Matters Today" – will be a talk on Thursday, April 17, by David Steinberg.

Steinberg, the Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University and a specialist on Burma, will discuss, "Bucknell-Burma: The Dynamics of Changed Relations Over 50 Years" at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. His talk is open to the public without charge.

Other events in the series include:
• Now through April 7: Burma-Bucknell exhibit. Archival photos, posters, and artifacts from Burmese students are on display on the first floor of the Bertrand Library.

• Saturday, April 5: Burmese Water Festival Dinner, Terrace Room. Tickets will be made available for this event.

• Tuesday, April 8: Bucknell's Diversity Celebration, including the presentation of the 2008 Burma-Bucknell Award to a faculty member, staff member, or student who has made outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted March 26, 2008