ROHINGYAS IDENTITY CRISIS

The notion of belonging is a core aspect of how we define who we are. Social identity is what makes us humans. But today, belonging is certainly changing. While 1/3 of the population still agrees that national identity is an important marker of belonging, what does national identity mean in the context of a multiculturalism, globalization and international migration? The Rohingya refuge crisis has been catalogued as one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world — and most of the world is not aware of what, exactly, is happening to its people. The numbers are staggering. More than 1.3 million refugees have fled their homeland in Myanmar. The main reason behind the attacks lies solely in their differing religious and ethnic identities with the Myanmar government. This mini-serie of documentaries will follow three stories. Stories of migrants that aim to uncover deeper layers into the true meaning of belonging. Across each story, we learn about the challenges they face, the actions and pivotal moments that determined their fate, but most importantly how they define who they are today. All of this with the objective of answering a pressing question – Have we lost our sense of belonging, or are we finding new ways of defining who we are?

Photos by
Carlos Rivero

Project by
Alex Sandoval & Carlos Rivero