Directed by Yusuf Zine, Kevin Young ∙ Canada ∙ 2018
I AM ROHINGYA: A GENOCIDE IN FOUR ACTS chronicles the journey of fourteen refugee youth 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 Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
There, the children resolve to raise awareness for a conflict that has increasingly resembled a cruel systematic ethnic cleansing campaign - one of the most egregious and overlooked humanitarian crises in the world. Leading up to the night of their sold-out show, the film takes audiences through the personal lives of the performers, capturing their struggles as they adjust to their new lives in Canada, and exploring the cultural backgrounds of "the most persecuted people on Earth".
With no prior theatrical experience, the decision to perform the stories of their people - accounts of unimaginable loss and suffering that have tragically come to define the Rohingya identity - becomes a courageous act of resistance, demonstrating to the world that they will not be erased and they will not be forgotten.