Distributor:  Global Environmental Justice
Length:  24 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Burmese / English subtitles
Grade level: Viewer Advisory: Contains graphic war footage
Color/BW:  Color


Curator imageJason A.Carbine, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Whittier College

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Blood and Gold

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Blood and Gold: Inside Burma’s Hidden War explores the intensification of violence as a cease-fire collapses and a civil war flares up between Burma’s government military forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the country’s Kachin State.

Blood and Gold


Jason A. Carbine, Associate Professor, C. Milo Connick Chair of Religious Studies, Whittier College

Why I selected this film

I chose this film for its insights into the complex political, economic,and environmental dynamics in northern Burma’s Kachin State, which borders China. The story was recorded by two American journalists,with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It was filmed on the battlefields; in the camps and refugee settlements, where tensof thousands of residents have fled from the fighting; and in the offices of military and government officials hoping to end the strife. As the Burmese military, the Kachin insurgents, and state-owned Chinese businesses compete for control over the region’s rich resources, a civil war drags on. The impact of the Chinese-funded Myitsone dam projectfigures prominently in this documentary, as it does in Dams, Drugs,and Democracy, which is also part of the GEJ collection.

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Blood and Gold: Inside Burma’s Hidden War examines the conflict in Burma’s Kachin State when it erupted in 2011 after a 17 year cease-fire. Filmmakers Jason Motlagh and Steve Sapienza interview Kachin military personnel, farmers, recruits, a journalist, a scholar, an aid worker, and a government official about the continuing war.The journalists also travel deep inside the war zone to film KIA headquarters near the border with China, military training sessions, active battlegrounds, and refugee camps in and around the KIA’s administrative capital of Laiza. Back in Yangon and the capital city of Naypyidaw, they document the international response to the opening up of Burma under its new president, Thein Sein, a former military general. The journalists find that the northern state’s rich resources, including a massive Chinese-funded hydroelectric project on the Irrawaddy River, are at the heart of the conflict in Kachin. The film concludes with a discussion of the KIA’s complicated relations with China.

The environmental justice focus of the film

Environmental justice (the recognition of human rights and the protection of the environment) is often stymied when entrenched
interests wage war in order to control natural resources. Blood and Gold offers many insights into the devastation and hardships at both
human and environmental levels. 

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Main credits

Motlagh, Jason (filmmaker)
Sapienza, Steve (filmmaker)

Distributor credits

Jason Murtlagh and Steven Sapienza

Jason Motlagh and Steve Sapienza

Directed by Jason Motlagh and and Steve Sapienza. Funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Docuseek subjects

Environmental Justice
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Human Rights
Global / International Studies
Indigenous Studies
South Asia
Rural Studies
Environmental Justice
Immigration and Refugees
War and Peace
Civil War

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Drug Trade
Indigenous Studies
Ethnic Studies
Kachin Peoples,Natural Resouorces
Resource Extraction
Southeast Asia


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