Prayer of Peace: Relief & Resistance in Burma's War Zones
Taking us through the Burmese jungle, Matt Blauer gives rare insight to the topic of displaced peoples. We are confronted with the trials of the Karen people, perpetually on the run from the Burmese militia. Driven from their homes and hunted like animals, the group recieves little support from the outside world. An attempt to counteract this was the screening of Blauer's documentary before Congress, in itself a testament to the films factual validity. Not solely a bleak portrayal, Blauer finds hope in the form of a medic and pastor/human rights cameraman devoted to the cause.
This is Matt Blauer's first film. His film has been screened before the UN, The US Congress, aired on countless international news and television broadcasts, and presented in obscure Burmese villages. Blauer has been based in Thailand since 1999, where he continues to work on documenting human rights violations. In the making of PRAYER OF PEACE: RELIEF & RESISTANCE IN BURMA'S WAR ZONES, he traveled illegally over the border between Thailand and Burma with a shipment of medicine on his quest to find the hidden Karen people.