YoungSinners - Naked Night (2018)
In Burma, ethnic minorities have been ruthlessly oppressed by the military-led government for more than 70 years. YoungSinners, a group of ethnic Karen resettled in western Thailand, are fighting back through self-expression. This song, as with much of their work, was recorded in a local refugee camp. The video was shot on location in Tak province with a crew of one, for a zero budget.
Meet Big Bird (2018)
Whilst the Burmese military continues to persecute and deny autonomy to the Karen, Toh Pah Doh a.k.a. Big Bird and his crew pursue self-expression. Their outlet? Hip-hop.
In this short documentary we go behind-the-scenes of the shoot for the Naked Night video, and Toh Pah Doh explains why hip-hop has become important to young Karens.
Circle In The Rock (2015)
Directed by Ellis Bahl
Written by Ellis Bahl & Chris Neilan
Starring Brendan Sexton III (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Black Hawk Down, Boys Don't Cry)
Funded by the O'Neill Unreasonable online film festival.
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Written & Directed by Chris Neilan
Starring Natallia Bulynia & Andre Lopes
Shot on location in Seoul, South Korea, for budget of £400, with a crew of three.
Debuted in-competition at the 2016 Derby Film Festival.