In Exile, making its world premiere at the festival, was filmed by Myanmar director Tin Win Naing while he was living among Burmese refugees in Thailand. Naing had the support of producers Yasmin Rams and Rodney. In this conversation, they discuss the challenges of filming with migrant workers in a remote region. Their experiences offer lessons and inspiration for any filmmaker confronting logistical, ethical, and technical hurdles.
Producer, In Exile
Yasmin C. Rams is a film producer and director based in Los Angeles, California and Germany. After working at Yangon Film School in Myanmar, Yasmin founded her own production company in Germany 2011 with which she produced the feature-length documentary In Exile directed by one of Myanmar's most promising talents, Tin Win Naing. Yasmin stepped into narrative feature filmmaking as Associate Producer on writer/director Rodney Charles' short African Cowboy. Following this collaboration, Yasmin and Rodney founded the production company Perennial Lens with offices in Los Angeles and Germany. Perennial Lens produces international, trans-cultural and socially progressive fictional and documentary feature films.
Producer, In Exile
Rodney Charles is an award winning screenwriter, director, producer, actor and model. His first screenplay won the Greater London Arts: Advanced Film and Video Award. The film, Once Upon a Time, which he also produced, was screened on BBC television and at the London and Venice Film Festivals among others. Rodney is also the writer, director and producer of both the award winning feature, The Disciple, and African Cowboy, a western filmed in Namibia. As a film actor Rodney has collaborated with notable directors including, Wim Wenders, Mike Figgis and Antoine Fuqua. His career as an international male supermodel has resulted in Rodney's exposure to diverse global cultures and an acute understanding of how film, imagery and advertising impact on self-awareness and identity globally. This has heavily influenced his unique and original collection of trans-cultural, internationally relevant feature screenplays. Rodney is a proud founding member and the vice president of the African Artists' Association. www.The3as.org
Tin Win Naing was born in Yangon, Myanmar. He trained at Yangon Film School and has worked as cinematographer on numerous films. In Exile (16) is his feature directorial debut.
Documentary Programmer, TIFF - HOST
Powers has served as an International Documentary Programmer for the Festival since 2006. He created and leads the Festival's Doc Conference; and hosts the podcast Pure Nonfiction interviewing documentary filmmakers. He curates for the digital streaming service SundanceNOW Doc Club, and for the Miami International Film Festival. He and his wife, Raphaela Neihausen, serve as directors of DOC NYC, run the weekly documentary screening series Stranger than Fiction at Manhattan's IFC Center, and host WNYC's radio segment Documentary of the Week. Powers teaches at the School of Visual Arts MFA SocDoc program.