Milena Kaneva, Recipient of the 2006 Vaclav Havel Award for Human Rights, to Screen Total Denial at Seton Hall
The Stillman School of Business will screen Milena Kaneva’s documentary, Total Denial, at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24 in Jubilee Hall Auditorium. Kavena will participate in a question and answer session after the film concludes.
Total Denial is the inspiring story of fifteen villagers from the jungles of Burma whose quest for justice eventually leads them to bring suit in a U.S. court against two oil giants – UNOCAL and TOTAL – for human-rights abuse.
For five years producer/director Milena Kaneva collected accounts from Burmese villagers of forced labor, re-location of villages, rape, and murder associated with construction of the Yadana pipeline. Her guide during this journey was Ka Hsaw Wa, one of the leaders of the student movement for democracy in Burma in 1988 which was violently suppressed by the Burmese government. For more than a decade, he has gathered testimonies and other evidence on numerous cases of human rights and environmental abuse. Wanted by police in both Burma and Thailand, he is now based in the U.S., traveling back to both countries periodically at considerable personal risk, to document further abuses.
In 1995, along with the co-founder of Earth Rights International, Katie Redford, Ka Hsaw Wa brought a landmark lawsuit against UNOCAL and TOTAL that drew international attention to the pervasive abuses in Burma.
Total Denial has been screened and continues to screen at several major international film festivals, such as the Leeds International Film Festival in England, the Amnesty International Film Festival in Canada and the Festival of Liberties in Belgium.
Kaneva, born in Rousse, Bulgaria studied acting at the Sofia Theater and Film Academy. She moved to Italy in 1987, before the fall of the Berlin Wall and began a career as a journalist and producer with the news agency WTN, later APTN. She has filed reports in Eastern Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. Her exclusive interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Prize laureate kept under house arrest by the military dictatorship in Burma, connected her to that country forever.
The screening is sponsored by Professor Paula Alexander Becker’s graduate Fall 2006 Corporate Social Responsibility class and her Spring 2007 Business and Society class. The question and answer session will be followed by a reception.
Visit www.totaldenialfilm.com for more information on this important project.
For more information please contact:
Professor Paula Alexander Becker