Still from I Am Rohingya
Still from I Am Rohingya

On Demand

I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts

by Yusuf Zine
Fourteen refugee youth re-enact the horrors of the ongoing Burmese genocide of Rohingya Muslims in this politically arresting film about resilience & community.
2018  ·  1h30m  ·  Canada
About the Film

I AM ROHINGYA: A GENOCIDE IN FOUR ACTS chronicles the journey of fourteen refugee youth who take to the stage to re-enact their families’ harrowing experiences in Burma and beyond. This story chronicles their journey before, during, and immediately after the escalation of military violence in their native homeland, Rakhine state; their unforgiving escape by foot and by boat to makeshift camps in Bangladesh; and their eventual resettlement in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

There, the children resolve to raise awareness for a conflict that has increasingly resembled a cruel systematic ethnic cleansing campaign — one of the most egregious and overlooked humanitarian crises in the world. With no prior theatrical experience, the decision to perform the stories of their people — accounts of unimaginable loss and suffering that have tragically come to define the Rohingya Muslim identity — becomes a courageous act of resistance, demonstrating to the world that they will not be erased and they will not be forgotten.

Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
UNHCR Refugee Film Festival, Official Selection
Global Migration Film Festival, Official Selection
One World Film Festival, Official Selection
In the Press
The Guardian
Kevin Young
Soundtrack Composer
Blue Dot Sessions
Film Related
About the Director

Yusuf Zine

Portrait of Yusuf Zine
Portrait of Yusuf Zine

Yusuf Zine is a producer, director and co-founder of Innerspeak Media. He wrote and directed the award winning theatre production entitled I Am Rohingya, which was the main focus of the Innerspeak feature documentary. Winner of the 2018 Cinema Politica Audience Choice Award, the film has screened in multiple countries and film festivals around the world including at the United Nations. His work has been featured in major international news outlets such as The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, CBC and more. Graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an MA in Social Justice, Yusuf also works as a professional actor in the Toronto industry in film, television and theatre. He is currently co-writing and hosting an investigative podcast mini-series for TVO called Unascertained.