Mu and the Vanishing World

November 13, 2022 (Sunday) / 2:00 pm

Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street + Online

Mu and the Vanishing World

Dir. Paco Beltrán and Jessica Leung, 2020, 86 min.

Ten years in the making, filmmakers Paco Beltrán and Jessica Leung share the story of Mu, a young Kayan refugee forced to leave her home of Myanmar (formerly Burma) as a child. Mu lives a confined life with her mother and other women who wear traditional brass neck coils in Thailand, where she is viewed as a spectacle for tourists. Determined to pursue freedom for herself and her baby, Mu makes the decision to leave her home—her mother, her culture and her tribe—after an opportunity in a UN resettlement plan offers her the chance for a new life in the USA. But unexpected and challenging conditions for refugees emerge as Mu makes sense of her place as a single mother in a new and complicated world.

Followed by remarks by Naw Doh, Burmese-American activist, and Mariangela Mihai, Postdoctoral Fellow, Culture & Politics Program, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Presented by Penn Museum and cosponsored by Philadelphia Folklore Project, and Penn's Asian American Studies Program; Cinema and Media Studies; and Wolf Humanities Center.