Faith Media Center
Language: Karen S’gaw Burmese
Population Statistics: 1,969,000
Partner: Hsaw Htit Bible School
Location: Kyaukkyi, Myanmar
Field Director: Saw Htoo Hser
Studio Staff: Nay Knyaw, She We Roe
The Faith Media Center was establish at the end of 2015 in Kyaukkyi, Burma with the aim to produce original Karen language movies. Prior to PV’s partnership in 2015, Nay Knyaw had already made a Karen historical drama using a contextual story pointing to Christ. Unfortunately, they were hindered by poor audio and video equipment. PV has equipped them with a Sony camera. Unlike other PV partners this team is in a conflict zone, so a mobile production studio is more appropriate than a permanent one. They are currently working on a family drama about a baby that is abandoned to forest demons and adopted by Christians.
Karen People Profile
The Karen, pronounced Kah- Ren, are indigenous to the Thailand-Burma border region in Southeast Asia and are one of the many ethnic groups in Burma. Burma has been in a civil war for the last 50 years and the Karen are one of the ethnic groups that have been heavily affected.
Traditionally, most Karen people are farmers who cultivate “hill rice”. They live in villages that are in the forest. Houses are made exclusively of bamboo and thatch. A nearby stream or river may provide a topographic point for villagers to bathe, do washing, and collect drinking water. Life follows a seasonal practice of planting and harvesting rice.