Myanmar (Burma) is a land of one million pagodas, with a culture shaped by Buddhism—and since 2015, with a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, as its de facto head of government. Yet despite this veneer of peace, one ethnic and religious minority has been subject to a state organized campaign of violence since 1978, that some have called a genocide—the Rohingya. Their villages have been burned to the ground, men and woman raped, and over two millions driven from the country to live as refugees in miserable conditions. EXILED unveils the story of the campaign to physically and morally erase the Rohingya people, one developed during decades of dictatorship but which continues today under Aung San Suu Kyi—despite the role played by Rohingya themselves in fighting for democracy in Myanmar. The story is told by witnesses of the events, Rohingya, former Burmese government officials and radical Buddhist monks who make plain their view that the Rohingya people, as Muslims and “foreigners,” have no place in their country.

  • Shahida Tulaganova
  • Shahida Tulaganova
  • Shahida Tulaganova
  • General Khin Nyuit, chief of Burmese intelligence
    Key Cast
  • U Parmaukkha, Buddhist Nationalist Monk
    Key Cast
  • Mukhammad Sadik, Rohigya Activist
    Key Cast
  • Rajima Begum, Rohiingya refugee
    Key Cast
  • Sayeed Alam, Rohingya refugee
    Key Cast
  • Dr Maung Zarni, Burmese academic
    Key Cast
  • Win Htein, veteran Burmese politician
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 15 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 21, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    438,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Bangladesh, Canada, Malaysia, Myanmar, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    Bengali, English
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Director Biography - Shahida Tulaganova

Shahida Tulaganova is Emmy nominated and multiple award winning producer/director. Born and raised in Uzbekistan, she is based in London, UK. Shahida started her career in journalism with the BBC News in 1996 and gained her first experience in documentaries at the BBC Current Affairs Documentaries. She is an experienced war reporter and she worked in Syria, Afghanistan, Eastern Ukraine, Palestinian Territories and Somalia. Her film about the epic battle during the latest Russian-Ukrainian war, “Airport Donetsk”, won first prize at ArtDocFest festival. IN 2007 she produced “How to Plan A Revolution”, a story of young pro-democracy activists striving for change in a dictatorship in Azerbaijan, which won the Prix Europa for best current affairs television program in 2006. Lately, she co-produced Cries From Syria, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, which won a number of international awards.

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Director Statement

EXILED is the film which puts the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar in a context of a complicated and violent history of this country. Coming from news background, it was very important to me to tell their story from the onset of Burmese independence, so the audiences realize that mass exodus of Rohingya to Bangladesh in 2017 was not accidental, rather it was the result of more then 40 years state planned and executed strategy of their expulsion, it was " the final solution".