Deafening Silence with Holly Fisher
UnionDocs (322 Union Ave., Brooklyn)
$9 suggested donation
Deafening Silence is a fusion of beauty and terror, observation and danger, roving visuals and intimate stories either funny, contemplative, or horrific – a subjective, layered depiction of Burma under brutal military dictatorship. The filmmaker’s first trip was legal, shooting video as a fake tour guide doing research; the next was on foot, undercover with ethnic Karen guerillas, to film internal exiles surviving in a free-fire jungle war zone.
Colonial archival imagery and clips from You Tube are woven within this tapestry of fragments, often in ironic counterpoint, and always to pierce the chokehold of censorship. This is a living history of a country arrested in time, a hybrid documentary focuses on ethnic genocide, but with constant poetic resonance and a rich multiplicity of references to history and popular culture.