a refugee and me
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|in the fall of 1996, a young filmmaker, while travelling in thailand, began an unusual and binding friendship with a burmese-karen buddhist monk named tway thongdee.|
a year later, tway was arrested by the thai police for attempting to illegally acquire a thai identification card. this card would allow a burmese refugee like tway to leave the monkhood and still enable him to live and work legally in thailand.
upon tway's release from prison, the american filmmaker returned to thailand in order to document his friend's life and help him in his continued pursuit of this elusive thai identification card.
from the monasteries of bangkok, to the refugee camps along the thailand-burma border, kevin and tway's unique friendship takes you on a journey into the tragic, yet inspiring world of the burmese-karen refugee.
ham productions presents
a refugee and me
written, produced and directed by kevin leadingham
co-produced by jerry a. vasilatos
edited by kevin leadingham and jerry a. vasilatos
-- kevin completed his studies in the columbia college film program during the spring of 1996.--
-- he then spent a year working on film and video projects in chicago, new york, the czech republic, thailand, and south africa.--
-- upon his return to the united states, kevin worked as the assistant to director stuart baird on the warner bros. film u.s. marshals.--
-- in 1998 kevin moved to los angeles where he worked for two producers producers at licht/mueller film corp., then as the assistant to the vice-president of creative affairs at new regency productions.--
-- in the spring of 1999, kevin left los angeles to shoot a refugee and me on location in thailand.--
-- he has recently completed directing witch way to hollywood? a documentary about 11 struggling actors and filmmakers as they haphazardly try to make a spoof of the blair witch project. he is also serving as associate producer on a u.s. marshals television series for the learning channel.
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