SOAS University of London

My Buddha is Punk - film screening and Q&A with Burmese punk band Rebel Riot

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Date: 26 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 26 October 2017Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT (Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre)

Type of Event: Film


- Film screening: My Buddha is Punk (dir. Andreas Hartmann, 68 mins, Burmese with English subtitles)

- Q&A with Burmese punk band Rebel Riot (Kyaw Thu Win, Zarni Maung Maung, Oakar Aung, Ko Nyan Linn)

My Buddha is Punk - synopsis

Kyaw Kyaw, a 25-year-old Burmese punk, pursues the dream of seeing the punk scene take off in Myanmar. The former military dictatorship carried out a few democratic reforms, but he remains skeptical: In his opinion, the country hasn’t changed yet. Along with the members of his punk band, he tries to raise the awareness of his people about the persistent violation of human rights. By way of his music and the demonstrations in the streets, he criticizes the ongoing civil war and the persecutions of ethnic minorities. He travels across the country to promote his own philosophy among the young generations: A symbiosis of Buddhism and punk that rejects religious dictates and political doctrine.

Rebel Riot

The Rebel Riot is a punk band from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), formed in 2007 after the onset of the Saffron Revolution. In the past ten years they have captured the world's attention with their outspoken music and put their ideals into action by feeding Burma's homeless with their Food Not Bombs project.


The event is free and open to the public, subject to available space.


South East Asia Section, SLCL