ONE LIFE Feature Films


Following the film, watch a recorded discussion with director Josh Turnbow, producer Akshay Shah and subject Renan Asad.

In October 2016, in response to the Myanmar government’s promised political reforms, President Obama ended decades of U.S. sanctions against the country. What Obama didn’t anticipate was that his actions would inadvertently open the door to the Myanmar military’s all-out assault on the country’s Rohingya people. With a population of nearly one million, the predominantly Muslim Rohingya people were targeted, terrorized and killed. Within a matter of weeks, nearly 700,000 Rohingya were driven from the country.

Shedding light on the long term persecution of the Rohingya, tracing their forced migration to neighboring Bangladesh and illustrating their current conditions, Josh Turnbow’s moving – and infuriating – documentary screens at AFI DOCS on United Nation’s World Refugee Day. The U.N.’s World Food Programme has taken responsibility for feeding the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in a massive refugee camp in Bangladesh.
–Ken Jacobson

Josh Turnbow is a filmmaker with a love for crafting compelling stories and beautiful visuals. Producing and directing many illuminating documentaries, the diverse subject matter of his films have ranged from sports to international crises.

Turnbow’s most recent work includes feature-length documentaries: THE OBSERVED LIFE, THE SIGN, AMERICAN STANDOFF, BEACONS OF HOPE and ONE LIFE.


Country: USA

Year: 2019

Director: Josh Turnbow

Producers: Akshay M. Shah, Robert Dvoran

Director of Photography: Josh Turnbow

Editors: Kirk McLaughlin, Marc Bach

Music: Jose Villalobos

Featuring: David Beasley, Peter Maurer, Nahal Toosi, Rehan Asad

Running Time (minutes): 83 MIN

Languges: English, Rohingya