For the last 5 years Ryan Libre's life has revolved around documenting, with still and video, an unknown autonomous ethnic group in the Himalaya of N. Burma known as the Kachin. One year ago civil-war re-erupted as the new central government broke a long standing cease-fire and sent 75,000 Kachin villagers seeking refugee from the Burmese Army.
Despite years of hard work and many major photo exhibitions still few know of the Kachin's plight and their situation is more dire than ever before.
The 5 years of shooting are done, but there is still a lot of work left to weave these images and footage into documentary and book.
Without your help this will take years, but with your support this can be done by December of this year.
What We NeedThis project consists of the feature length documentary film “When Will It Be” and a 200+ page photo book “Portraits of Independence”, that director and photographer Ryan Libre has been working on for five years.
The Kachin needs a voice at this critical point in their history. This film and book represent their best hope to have their story heard and understood by the world.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please help promote this campaign via local newspapers, blogs, social media, the share tools and word of mouth.
Also visit www.freekachin.org for more information about the Kachin.
Raised and educated in Northern California, Ryan has called Asia home for over a decade.
Ryan spends a lot of time getting to know his subjects and very little time post-processing.
He has held solo exhibitions at the Nikon Salons in Tokyo and Osaka, the Fuji Film Salon,The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan and more.