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Who are you and what is your profession?

My name is John Rinker and I teach middle school humanities at the International School of Yangon in Burma. I have been teaching in international schools since 1990.



Glimpses of Burma from coppermountainfilmworks on Vimeo.


Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?

I was born in the US but have been living in countries all over the world since I was a year old. I graduated from high school in Karachi, Pakistan and went to the University of California where I studied Classical and Buddhist philosophy.


What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

My father always toted an 8mm camera on our travels and this is where I developed my love for film. I started making films when I got my first video camera in 1990. I love documentary film, and simply enjoy capturing life as it is lived in the countries I visit.


What did you film on 10.10.10?

On 10.10.10 I filmed a train-station market here in Burma. Also, I filmed the Shwedagon Pagoda during a rainstorm, and the circle train that serves as an important mode of transportation for many of the Burmese poor here in Yangon.


What are you planning on filming for 11.11.11?

On 11.11.11 I will still be here in Burma and plan to film another of the many, many wonderful aspects of this culture and country.


Shwedagon Alley from coppermountainfilmworks on Vimeo.

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