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HUNTED LIKE ANIMALS is an eye-opening documentary about an ongoing, but unknown, genocide
— against the Hmong people in the jungles of Laos. Hmong in hiding are still mercilessly hunted, attacked, raped, tortured and killed by the military. In recent years, over 8500 Hmong escaped from Laos to Thailand, where they where held by Thailand in a temorary refugee camp. In this documentary, the Hmong Lao refugees speak about their fear to be deported by Thaildand, and explain the shocking reason why they had fled Laos. They also speak for many thousands of their voiceless people still trapped in the jungle, surrounded by Lao and Vietnamese soldiers. But Thailand deported the desperate refugees against their plight back to Laos - 2 days before 2010.
Official Selection 2008: Amnesty International Film Festival; Shen Zhou International Film Festival; Eau Claire Progressive Film Festival; The International Filmmakers Festival; Tri Continental Film Festival. Received the WorldFest 2008 SILVER REMI Award and naiff GRAND PRIX.
ELIMINATED WITHOUT BLEEDING is a one-hour documentary on the Khmer Krom indigenous peoples
from the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam. The Khmer Krom explain how they are oppressed and
eliminated as a peoples. There is no freedom of speech, religion or culture. Aggressively
Vietnam-ized, the Khmer Krom struggle to maintain their way of life and identity.
OfficiaL Selection 2008: Lowell Film Festival; Received the New York Festivals International Film & Video Award, Documentaries 2008.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE UNITED NATIONS, Vol.1 is a thirty-minute long documentary, to promote and raise-awareness on indigenous issues within the UN system, to politicians and diplomats. It was commissioned by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). English, Spanish, or French subtitles: Official Selection 2008: Montreal Human Rights Film Festival; Oxford Brookes University Human Rights Film Festival; Human Rights Film Festival Aotearoa New Zealand; Musée des Confluences. Received the New York Festivals International Film & Video Award, International Affairs 2007.
Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations, Vol. 1
Rebecca Sommer, for the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), 2006
Pueblos Indígenas y las Naciones Unidas, Vol. 1
Rebecca Sommer, película realizada para la Secretaría del Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas de la ONU, 2006
Les Peuples Autochtones et les Nations Unies, Vol.1
Rebecca Sommer, film pur le Secretariat de l'Insstance Permanente sur les Questions Autochtones de l'ONU, 2006
ADOPTION OF THE U.N. DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGNEOUS PEOPLES — NYC, a 8 minute long news reel video, about the historic adoption of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the U.N. Generel Assembly, September 17, 2007.
ADOPTION OF THE U.N. DRAFT DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGNEOUS PEOPLES — GENEVA, a 8 minute long news reel video, about the historic adoption of the U.N. Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
DISCUSSIONS ON THE U.N. DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES a one hour long historic video record, that was used as an awareness rasing lobby tool. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was rejected in November 2006. In this film, governmental and Indigenous representatives present their views - up to the day when the Declaration was finally adopted at the General Assembly.
PROTEST AT THE PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGNEOUS ISSUES — THE 2nd of MAY 2008 REVOLT a 10 minute long POV News Reel. Indigenous Peoples protest 2nd May 2008 the conclusion of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York. They do not consent with the outcome of the final Report of the UNPFII, that ignored Indigenous Peoples' stated concerns about carbon trading and offset projects (REDD), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The special theme of the 7th session of the UNPFII was Climate Change.
THARY: A DAY IN MY VILLAGE, a 2-minute Children film, commissioned by Sesame Street, PBS, showing the life of a four-year-old Khmer Krom girl, in rural southern Vietnam.
Official Selection 2008: KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, Danville International Film Festival.
KHMER KROM BUDDHISTS, a 2-minute trailer, showing the Khmer Krom's Buddhist Moon ceremony in rural southern Vietnam.
APSARA, a 3-minute Art/Dance video, showing Apsara dancer's in Cambodia.