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Understanding Burma: An Evening With Tim Aye Hardy

“In June 1988, six military intelligence agents knocked on my door in Rangoon in the middle of the night. They had come to arrest me for speaking out against the regime during the student uprising that came to be known as the ‘8888 Uprising’ ...”
- Tim Aye Hardy

Thursday, July 1st 2010        Irvine, CA

About Tim

Carl WilkensTim Aye Hardy was born and raised in Rangoon, Burma, and grew up under multiple repressive regimes in the country. Part of a family that championed struggles for peace, freedom and human rights in Burma, he also witnessed friends and family members disappear, face imprisonment, flee the country, and be killed, for demanding the basic human rights that every person should possess. Tim has worked with the Uganda North American Association, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Amnesty International, and the UNESCO Chair’s Global Intergenerational Human Rights Leadership Forum.

I was one of the lucky few. Up to 6,000 innocent protesters were gunned down, and many more were imprisoned or mysteriously disappeared in the night. I lost many colleagues and close friends.

Tim is currently the Director of Outreach at the Burma Global Action Network and is involved with the US Campaign for Burma.  He is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow with Genocide Intervention Network.

Read Tim's op-ed about Burma at GlobalPost. 

Why Burma

  • 3.5 million internally displaced persons and refugees
  • Myanmar Army, world's largest recruiter of child soldiers
  • 3000+ villages destroyed by the Myanmar Army and ethnic cleansing of minorities
  • 2,000+ political prisoners
  • Systematic rape & torture of young children & women
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, under house arrest for the past 14 years.

Date and location

Thursday, July 1st 2010

University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Cost:  Free

6:45p  Refreshments
7:00p  Screening of Burma VJ and conversation with Tim Aye Hardy

This event is organized with an all-volunteer effort. 
We hope you will join us :)

"Burma VJ is filmmaking at it's most fearless... a suspenseful, harrowing account."
- Los Angeles Times

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Winner of over 40 international awards

Co-sponsors and partners

A wide coalition of Orange County organizations have partnered for this event.  These include:

  • Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
  • University Synagogue
  • Amnesty International, Irvine chapter
  • St Mark Presbyterian Church
  • IUCC Advocates for Peace and Justice


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Or call us at (949) 891-2005.


[ Burma VJ, official movie site ]
[ United States Campaign for Burma ]
[ Burma Global Action Network ]

[ University Synagogue ]
[ Amnesty International, Orange County ]
[ Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu ]


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