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End Violence Against Women / Don't Blame Me! (2017)

End Violence Against Women / Don't Blame Me!


The heart-breaking story of a woman who was raped by a man in her neighbourhood and her struggle to overcome her feelings of despair and the insensitivity of social groups and administrative bodies towards her situation. The film focuses on the fact that the rapist is often known to the victim and that society tends to blame the victim instead of dealing with the perpetrator(s).


Yangon Film School has created three powerful documentary animations based on testimonies from survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in Myanmar. The docuanimations were created with the support from the Gender Equality Network, the Heinrich Boell Foundation and SIDA.

Nine students from across the country aged between 22 and 38 years were trained in docuanimation by Lisa Crafts (USA), an award-winning filmmaker, animator and educator specialising in docuanimation and Paromita Vohra, an award-winning filmmaker, writer and gender activist from India.

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‘This course was designed to achieve two aims,’ says Yangon Film School founder Lindsey Merrison. ‘Firstly, we wanted to help the students understand the nuances of gender based violence – its root causes, its emotional impact on victims and the way in which the structural, cultural and psychological aspects of the phenomenon are interwoven. At the same time we sought to render these themes cinematically to a wider audience as effective and moving films, not simply didactic instructions. In this way, the course sought to provide students with new skills in documentary narrative approaches.’


End Violence Against Women #2
End Violence Against Women #2
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