Film Courage speaks with Diane Namm at the 2012 Hollyshorts Film Festival regarding her process and ‘Sasa.’
This is the story of a young Burmese boy’s extraordinary journey out of the jungle and his evolution into a leader. At the age of 13, Sasa left his village in the Chin State of Burma. He promised his people that in spite of the Myanmar regime’s edicts against health care and higher education, he would become a doctor and return to alleviate their suffering from famine and disease. And now he has.
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There are 1 million to 3 million runaway (throwaway) and homeless kids living on the streets in the United States. 80% of runaway and homeless girls reported having been sexually or physically abused.Young girls trapped in abusive homes have two choices: surrender or escape. Fear of reprisal, fear of endangering other loved ones, serves to keep the girls in line. But for the ones like Esmee, who will not give in or give up, escape is the only way. And so Esmee runs. Pursued by the cult she escapes, persecuted by the government who wants to use her as a witness, and wanted by the pimps who conned her into seeking refuge with them– Esmee runs to stay alive. She becomes a teen fugitive in her quest for FINDING HOPE (by Diane Namm). More at www.FindingHope.TV