In the summer of 2006, four friends from San Diego, California set out on a mission to expose the atrocities being done to the people of Burma, more specifically, the Karen people - one of the country’s largest ethnic groups. Burma has quietly been host to the world’s longest running civil war - waged between the country’s military dictatorship and detractors from the regime.
Burma is a closed country known for strong penalties including imprisonment for people found inside its borders without the proper documentation. However, they knew that in order to capture the story they needed, they would have to sneak across the border through Thailand. With backpacks filled with borrowed film equipment they set out without a clue of how they would break inside a countryside filled with landmines, Burmese soldiers, and wet season torrential weather. They didn’t know what they would find, or if anyone would listen to their story when they returned.
After four years in the making, the documentary film “The Road” documenting their journey that reveals what’s truly happening inside Burma is set for release in March 2011.
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