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Media Release
November 15, 1998

NEO Documentary on the 1988 Uprising in Burma premieres on television

Ithaca, NY:  Birth: Voices from the 1988 Uprising in Burma, a 
documentary recounting the events of the nationwide demonstrations for 
democracy and human rights in Burma will make its television premiere in 
Central New York on PEGASYS station Channel 13, November 18, 1998 at 
9:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time).  Birth: Voices from the 1988 Uprising 
in Burma features interviews with students and activists who were 
involved in and eyewitnesses of the pro-democracy struggle.  The firm 
traces the evolution of the Uprising from its early beginnings as a 
student movement to its development as a popular struggle and finally to 
the Burmese military regime's brutal crackdown of the demonstrations.  
It also examines the current situation in Burma as well as the reasons 
why Burmese activists continue working in the movement for democracy.
Birth was produced by Shwe Htee (8.8.88), a Burmese activist who was 
actually a student leader in the 1988 Uprising.  Shwe Htee says, "We 
wanted to make a film that told the true story of the 1988 Uprising in 
Burma, a story that the military regime would never allow us to tell."  
Indeed, the film presents an honest and unflinching view of life under 
military dictatorship. With live footage from the uprising and this 
year's ten-year commemorations, Birth is a moving film about the 
struggle for justice and freedom in Burma. 
  The film will also air on PEGASYS Channel 13 on November 22, 1998 at 
6:00 pm (EST) and on Channel 57 on December 10, 1998, the 50th 
anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 
at 11:00 pm (EST).  For more information, please contact The Nonviolence 
Empowerment Organization, Inc. (NEO), P.O. Box 6596, Ithaca, NY  

The Nonviolence Empowerment Organization, Inc. (NEO) is an organization 
dedicated to educating the public about the situation of human rights 
and refugees all over the world.  

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