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Short biographies of the participants



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Shin Daewe

Shin Daewe is a poet. In 1996, the university students started the demonstrations against the government and universities in Myanmar were closed for years. During this period Shin Daewe worked as a producer in one of the documentary productions and she has since then been fascinated in creating documentaries.  In 2006 she joined the Yangon Film School. Shin Daewe has made extraordinary progress as a filmmaker and exhibits a genuine flair for directing and production management and she has directed more than 15 short documentaries.

In 2013 she won the best documentary award at the Wathan film festival (Myanmar) for the film Take Me Home. The same year she also won the best documentary award at the Art of Freedom Festival  (Myanmar) for the film A Bright Future.  In 2014 she again won the best documentary award at the Wathan film festival (Myanmar), this time for the film Now I am 13. For this film she also won the silver award at the KKIFF (Malaysia) the same year.


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Stijn DeKlerck

Stijn Deklerck

Stijn Deklerck is a producer of socially engaging documentaries at the international film collaborative "Smoke Signal Projects" and the Chinese LGBT webcast "Queer Comrades". He obtained his PhD in 2015 at the University of Leuven (Belgium) with a visual ethnographic study of activism in China's contemporary LGBT movement. He currently teaches Chinese law and politics in Belgium, and conducts visual activist research on human rights and social justice issues in China and beyond.


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Mark Gibney

Mark Gibney

Mark Gibneyis the inaugural Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute.  In the United States he serves as the Belk Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.  Gibney has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan (1985) and a J.D. from Villanova School of Law (1977).  Professor Gibney is one of the founding members of the Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Consortium and he serves on the Board of Editors of Human Rights Quarterly, the Journal of Human Rights and the International Studies Journal (Iran).  Since 1984, Gibney has directed the Political Terror Scale (PTS) (, which measures levels of physical integrity violations in more than 190 states and this work has recently been expanded to include the Societal Violence Scale (SVS), which provides a comparative analysis of human rights violations by non-state actors. 


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Eiji Oguma

Eiji Oguma

Eiji Oguma(小熊英二) is a professor of Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University in Tokyo. His researches cover the national identity and nationalism, colonial policy, democracy thoughts and social movements in modern Japan from the view of historical sociology. He has earned 6 prizes for his published works in Japan. He has participated and gained credibility in anti-nuke movement in Tokyo after Fukushima incident. This is his first film work which was completed by cooperation of many activists and voluntary filmers.


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Elena Pollacchi

Elena Pollacchi

Elena Pollacchi is Visiting Associate Professor at Stockholm University and Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She received her PhD at the University of Cambridge discussing the changes in the Chinese film industry (1989-2004). Her recent publications discuss Chinese documentary cinema, film festivals, Chinese cinema and soft power, and Taiwanese cinema and social change. She is currently leading the project: “Exploring the China Dream. Trajectories and articulations of soft power in the sinophone world” and is the main organizer of the international conference on this topic to be held at Stockholm University on August 15-16, 2016. She has collaborated with the Venice International Film Festival since 1999 and currently serves as a programmer for Chinese-language and South Korean films.


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Parsifal Reparato

Parsifal Reparato

Parsifal Reparato was born in Naples, he graduated in Demo-Ethno-Anthropological Sciences in 2010 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. In the same years Parsifal increases his professionalism as Direction Of Photography and journalist. In 2011, he produced his first documentary movie, Mas allá de la Santería (special mention on Procida Film Festival 2013), in Cuba during a medical anthropology research project, about the HIV prevention and therapeutic pathways in Cuban Santería. In 2012 he produced the documentary Villa villa Vigna (awarded a special mention for the competition “Rural4Youth” of the Ministry of Agriculture) on biodiversity, it’s about the choice of a group of young people to build an alternative and healthier lifestyle than that imposed by the urban rhythms. For years Parsifal works on the socialist and ex-socialist countries which now are facing the challenge of the global economy. A common thread connects his works, his conceptual choices and choices of life that now are coming to the Nimble  fingers project, a movie about Vietnamese workers. Parsifal is also a free lance journalist and collaborate with different reviews. In 2015 his last reportage Chikù, about an italian/rom restaurant in Neaples, was awarded in the Myllennium Award. In 2008 Parsifal published essays about second generation of immigrant in Rome, for the European Project Tresegy WP5 with Lunaria Association. In 2010 he published the essay “Integration of Manding community in a neapolitan neighborhood” at the 14 Taller de Antropología Social y Cultural Afroamerican, with Museo Casa de Africa in La Habana, Cuba. In 2013 he publish his thesis Illness experience and therapeutic pathways in Cuban Santería about HIV/aids. A visual anthropology perspective.


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Giacomo Tabacco

Giacomo Tabacco

Giacomo Tabacco is a PhD Candidate in anthropology at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He studied work, the access to work and personal development in Greater Jakarta and conducted fieldwork among goldminers and gemstones rushers in Aceh (Indonesia). His doctoral dissertation focuses on the contingencies of extractive work in post-conflict and post-tsunami West Aceh, on mobility of people and goods and on morality of resource-related economy.


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Zeng Jinyan

Jinyan Zeng

Zeng Jinyan is an activist, blogger and scholar. She is currently doing her Ph.d. on state-society online/offline relationship, feminist practice, cyber activism and documentary activism in China. Among her recent publications is “The Politics of Emotion in Grassroots Feminist Protests: A Case Study of Xiaoming Ai's Nude Breasts Photography Protest Online,“ The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 15(1), 2014. Together with Hu Jia she documented their life when he was in house arrest in the film Prisoners in Freedom City (2007). She is one of two protagonists in Sami Sillanpaa’s book Chinese Love Story: Two Dissidents Living under the Shadow of Secret Police, WSOY, October 2013 (Finnish), (German August 2014; Dannish August2014).



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2-3 May, 2016


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