The film offers an intimate view into the lives of three refugee women from Burma, whose migratory paths cross in Thailand and eventually meet when they resettle to central New York. Drawing upon methods of feminist oral history and ethno-fiction, the film traces glimmers of subjectivity that complicate any singular narrative of the refugee experience. As camera movements follow the textures of everyday life and work, a weave of sensorial fragments immerse audiences in women’s narratives of self, place, and belonging.
Emily Hong is Seoul-born and New York-raised feminist anthropologist and filmmaker, currently pursuing a PhD at Cornell University. Her research, media projects, and activist engagements largely focus on Thailand and Burma, where she has worked as a trainer, campaigner, and researcher since 2008l.
Miasarah Lai is a Puerto Rican-Chinese director and cinematographer from the Lower East Side, New York City. As an MFA candidate in Documentary Media at Northwestern University, she explores the physicality and performative role of the documentary cinematographer in the dance between the subject and its storytellers. Her international body of work has included cinematography and directing for projects in Romania, Ghana, Myanmar, and China.
Mariangela Mihai, an Anthropology and Film PhD student at Cornell University, has worked on issues of refugee political resettlement at Emory University’s Center and The International Rescue Committee. Select projects include: “”To Uphold The Law”” (2014), a film exploring ideologies of nationalism and anti-drone activism in Upstate N.Y; “”For My Art”” (2015), a two-channel video installation exploring the sensorial landscape of transition-era Burma/Myanmar through the figure of the performance artist.