A community of filmmakers, friends, neighbors came together to make this important public service announcement about Burma. It was inspiring to work with kids in spreading the word about what’s happening in Burma, and how events in such a far off land directly and indirectly impacts us and the rest of the world. Everyone took a genuine interest in how they could make a difference. The goal of the PSA was to raise awareness and encourage people of all ages to visit the web and learn more about what they can do. Free Burma!
Women of Film in LA selected Rose Hlaing to direct one of their annual public service announcements (PSA) for the charity, Free Arts for Abused Children. Instead of a typical PSA focusing on the sadness of the children's situation, they wanted to convey a feeling of hope, positive creativity and powerful artistic expression. With a production crew comprised mostly of women, they collaborated to create paintings that surprise the kids by coming to life. The PSA debuted at the Lucy-Crystal Awards, went on to air on several television stations and also won at numerous festivals. The PSA was successful in helping the charity with their outreach campaign, increasing the enrollment of volunteers and donorship for the important work they do. Art heals!