FilmAid Asia Cocktail Party - The Murray Hotel, Hong Kong - 25 April 2019

On Thursday evening, 25 April 2019, hosted by the iconic Murray Hotel in Hong Kong’s Central district, supporters of FilmAid Asia gathered to celebrate 8 years of humanitarian operations in the 9 Refugee Camps situated along the Thailand Myanmar border.

A clear night under the stars, on the Murray Hotel patio, set the scene for FilmAid Asia to share how the Power of Film and our programme has transformed lives and helped communities from Myanmar who have been victims of conflict and ongoing displacement.

FilmAid Asia is now transferring its efforts to the FilmAid Foundation, which is registered as a Thai charity and known as Sermpanya in the local language, meaning ‘sharing wisdom’, and will continue to levy support to maintain and development our important humanitarian work in the region.

FilmAid Asia wishes to thank the wonderful staff and crew at the Murray Hotel for their wonderful hospitality, with special mention to Dean Dimitrou, Hotel Manager and Vishal Anand, Operations Director for making sure the evening went perfectly!

FilmAid Asia thanks all the amazing supporters that have allowed us to reach so many thousands of vulnerable people by sharing education, information and psycho-social relief to communities in need and by bringing lasting benefit to their lives and projecting hope for a better future.

Please continue to support our important work by clicking on the DONATE button or clicking on www.filmaidasia/donate. Thank you!

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Former Kosovan Refugee tells how FilmAid changed her life in 1999

On June 10, 2018 at 7:21:56 PM, More Raca wrote:

Dear Caroline and FilmAid team,

I am really happy to be writing you after find your contact. It is a joy to finally know who were the people that had this impact on my childhood and from whom I was inspired to follow a career as a filmmaker. You and Film Aid International have had a great impact on my life.

I was six years old when I and my family had to leave our home in Kosovo and we became refugees in Macedonia. I remember thinking about my classroom and my classmates. I remember seeing my mom sad and depressed while holding my hand, she was 26 the same age that I am today and my dad holding my 2-year-old brother in his arms. When we were sent to the camp in Macedonia, people were silent and no one speaks about the terror that has happened.  There were many people but I was feeling lonely and sad. I missed my toys and my friends, I missed someone who could smile at me, and all I was seeing was sad and desperate faces. Then some magic happened, more than anything in the world I needed magic and that was brought to me by a projector that I recently found out that brought to Macedonia.  I was seeing cartoons and Charlie Chaplin movie, and for a while, there was a feeling that things will be alright, a feeling that I wasn’t alone. For a while I was happy and the entire trauma that we went through went away. It was just me and the character of the film.

Growing up that had an impact on my life. I knew and felt the power of film to change people’s lives and to heal wounds that nothing else can heal. It was this impact that you had in my childhood, this escape that you offered me, this magic in those times of terror that made me want to become a film director.

Today I make films to change people’s perspective on life, to make them aware of different issues, to advocate for their rights. I try to give voice to those who cannot tell their stories. I also work as a lecturer and teach young people the power of film.

Films are magic and I should thank you for showing that to a six-year-old refugee girl from Kosovo in 1999.

Forever thankful,

More Raça.

Film Director and human rights activist 

More Raça | Writer and director

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World TB Day 2019 - premiere of “Under the Mask”

World TB day 2019

It`s time to talk about the real life of TB patients

UNDER THE MASK A FilmAid Foundation & SMRU Production

A premiere and a great success for the TB movie at Shwe KoKo, Myanmar on Friday night 22 March 2019!

Organised by SMRU, World TB Day was marked with 2 awareness raising events in Shwe KoKo School on Friday 22 March - the morning event was attended by young students and villagers with presentations on TB prevention and treatment from SMRU staff and District Hospital officials, with moving testimony from former TB patients and with interactive question and answer sessions. FilmAid Foundation provided audio visual support, showed health awareness short films, a trailer of the evening’s film Under the Mask, as well as videoing the event.

As night fell under a large yellow moon, we saw FilmAid Asia’s first night screening across the border in Myanmar in partnership with SMRU. The outdoor premiere screening of TB drama film Under the Mask was attended by more than 300 local villagers including members of the cast and crew. A post screening survey saw a satisfaction rating of 97% from the audience! FilmAid Foundation’s team produced the 1hr 15 min drama film based on the real testimony of TB patients in SMRU’s KoKo clinic, with a script written to raise awareness of the TB disease by encouraging treatment, diagnosis, prevention and destigmatisation. Filmed entirely in Shwe KoKo village and in SMRU’s TB clinic by FilmAid Foundation’s team and friends the film used local villagers and clinic staff members as cast and background actors.

The film will be shown in 17 villages in Karen State in May.

World TB Day - Under the Mask Night Screening

World TB Day - Under the Mask Night Screening