‘I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts’ to screen at Pendragon Theatre

‘I am Rohingya’ traces the journey of refugee youths from Myanmar to eventual resettlement in Canada. (Provided photo)

SARANAC LAKE – Adirondack Voters for Change will be presenting the film “I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 20.

The film’s director, Yusuf Zine, will introduce the film and be available for a Q&A session with the audience following the screening at the Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $10 per person, with students free; any proceeds will be donated to one or more charities supporting Rohingya refugees.

“Following the successful presentation of ‘Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America’ on September 30, we are excited to be screening this moving and powerful film” said Jim Abendroth, President of Adirondack Voters for Change. “We are privileged to have the film’s director Yusuf Zine join us in person . . . to take questions.”

The Rohingya are an indigenous Muslim minority in Myanmar, formerly Burma. With their citizenship revoked, the Rohingya have contended with state-sponsored attacks by the country’s security forces for decades, the violence fueled by extremist propaganda denying their existence throughout Myanmar’s history and characterizing them as foreign invaders.

“I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts” traces the journey of 14 refugee youths who take to the stage (in front of a live audience) to re-enact their families’ harrowing experiences in Burma and beyond; before, during, and immediately after the escalation of military violence in their native homeland, Rakhine State; their unforgiving escape by foot and by boat to makeshift camps in Bangladesh; and their eventual resettlement in Ontario, Canada.

Sponsoring organizations include Adirondack Voters for Change and the Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community of Saranac Lake.

Adirondack Voters for Change is an issues-driven, citizen-led group promoting public engagement in the political process.