Monument Lab: 'Free Speech' Film Screening and Sanctuary Poets @ Philadelphia, PA, United States, Philadelphia [13 October]

Monument Lab: 'Free Speech' Film Screening and Sanctuary Poets

17:30 - 20:00

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Philadelphia, PA, United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145
Please join us this Friday at 5:30pm for a performance by the Sanctuary Poets, followed by two short films, Đất Nước: on the Entanglements of Life and Death by Boone Nguyen and LIKE WE DON'T EXIST by Ansley Sawyer, Corey Embring, and Jenna Spitz. This event is free and open to the public!

5:30-6:30PM The Sanctuary Poets

6:30PM Introductions by the Film Directors

6:45PM Screening: Đất Nước: on the Entanglements of Life and Death
Dir. Boone Nguyen, Vietnam/USA, 2017, 20 min., Vietnamese w/English subtitles
:: đất = earth soil land ground :: nước = water :: đất nước = homeland ::
This experimental documentary is a loving homage to villagers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region who are reclaiming a landscape once devastated by the American War in Vietnam. The family burial plot, where children killed by bombs are buried, is now fertile with sweet potato and banana trees, providing nourishment for the living. A village nearly obliterated by napalm is now verdant with coconut groves. Bomb craters, markers
of death and destruction, have come alive as ponds for fish and lotus. Using still photography and observational footage, Đất Nước shows how, through their resilience and by necessity, villagers continue to transform the ruins of war into life sustaining places, while at the same time honoring their dead.

Film trailer:
Dir. Ansley Sawyer and Corey Dean Embring, Assoc. Producer Jenna Spitz, Thailand/Myanmar, 2017, 30min. English, Karenni, and Burmese w/English subtitles

LIKE WE DON'T EXIST is a lush, immersive short documentary about an underrepresented population of refugees from Myanmar called the Karenni. Inspired by the invisibility of their situation, we filmed the intimate lives of Karenni people in refugee camps, IDP villages, and resettled communities throughout the border region of Thailand and Myanmar. The ethnic violence and mass displacement of ethnic minorities in Myanmar is one of the longest ongoing civil wars in history. LIKE WE DON'T EXIST aims to catalyze change for the Karenni people and foster awareness, empathy, and action among a wider audience.

We will close with a short Q&A with the Directors.

The Sanctuary Poets is a 13-member artist collective in Philly exploring the intersections of craft and migration in poetry. The group formed after participating in the Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop, which was held in March 2017. The workshop was facilitated by Cynthia Dewi Oka and brought together participants to study poetry arising from migrant traditions and write their own poetry exploring questions of belonging, safety and identity. Poets for 10/13 include Karlamaria Alfonso, Katherine Antarikso, Rommy Driks, and Raha Rafii.

Marconi Plaza (Septa: Oregon Station, 1382 W. Oregon Ave)

This event is produced in collaboration with Southeast by Southeast and Monument Lab artist Shira Walinsky on-site at Free Speech, an interactive news kiosk in Marconi Plaza featuring the stories of refugee and immigrant artists in Philadelphia. This screening is open-air, so dress warmly and bring a blanket/chair if you're able. In case of rain we will move the event to Southeast by Southeast.

Please share this event with friends, family, co-workers, and anyone you think might be interested. The more, the better!

— Reflect on history. Imagine the future. Change the present.
Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project from Mural Arts Philadelphia and a team led by curators Paul M. Farber and Ken Lum, taking place citywide in fall 2017. Visit
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