22 episodes

Yellow Van Stories is an interview podcast hosted by the photographer and filmmaker Bastian Fischer. He speaks to creatives across the globe exploring the value of culture in times of crisis and how it has the power to bring us together. Yellow Van Stories is like a spontaneous get-together, celebrating heartfelt exchange in a time where physical distancing and quarantine seem to chisel away at our sanity and most basic human needs.Hop on to feel a breeze. Fonsi departs every Thursday 21.00 CET. Come on the road with us! Find out more on www.yellowvanstories.com

Yellow Van Stories Bastian Fischer

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Yellow Van Stories is an interview podcast hosted by the photographer and filmmaker Bastian Fischer. He speaks to creatives across the globe exploring the value of culture in times of crisis and how it has the power to bring us together. Yellow Van Stories is like a spontaneous get-together, celebrating heartfelt exchange in a time where physical distancing and quarantine seem to chisel away at our sanity and most basic human needs.Hop on to feel a breeze. Fonsi departs every Thursday 21.00 CET. Come on the road with us! Find out more on www.yellowvanstories.com

    Print For Crisis "Looking Back and Ahead"

    Print For Crisis "Looking Back and Ahead"

    Today we come to you with the, for now, last episode about Myanmar. The initiative Print For Crisis, which has been on the road with us for the last four weeks, has come to an end and we thought it would be a nice opportunity to have a small retrospective of the conversations we were lucky enough to have in support of the initiative. 

    Through my conversations with Teza, Chiara, and Minn, I learned that there are a lot of reasons for hope and optimism for the future of Myanmar. One reason in particular is the role of the Burmese women, who are not only fighting for political freedom but for a society built on equality. Their blossoming self-esteem is a weapon and there is no turning back of the clock.
    If we continue to support Myanmar, change will come sooner rather than later.
    This isn't my optimism, it is the optimism of the Burmese people.
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    SHOW NOTES

    Print For Crisis Website
    Print For Crisis Facebook
    Print For Crisis Instagram
    I Support Myanmar

    Teza on Facebook
    Minn on LinkedIn
    Chiara's Website
    Chiara on Instagram

    "How Democracies Die", Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, 2018
    "Coup D'Etat: A Practical Handbook", Edward Luttwak, 1968
    History Of Myanmar
    Thuma Collective
    Yangon Photo Festival
    Lensational (a collaboration for free photography education for women)

    "Disclosure", Netflix, 2020
    History Of Myanmar

    Get Jim Kroft's Song, "Love In The Face Of Fear"
    Mind the Bump


    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan)

    • 57 min
    Teza Soe "A Female Revolution"

    Teza Soe "A Female Revolution"

    Teza Soe is a Burmese visual storyteller with a doctorate in photography, who received her PhD with a project focusing on the role of women in Myanmar society. 

    After reading the preface to her thesis, I felt that it would be a much better introduction than I could ever hope to craft for her. So, just this one time, I took the liberty of copying her own words, rather than write an introduction myself:
    I left my country, Myanmar, when I was 16 to attend a university in Thailand. The reasons for me to leave home, a familiar environment, at such a young age to study abroad did not come easy. I vividly remember getting into the biggest argument ever with my parents just after the matriculation examination results came out. I still remember my total score was 2 points short of the cut off point for the University of Medicinethat year for women. That year the Ministry of Education had decided to raise the entry requirements for girls and reduce the requirement for boys because they felt that there had been too many women and not enough men in the country’s most pivoted profession. Up until that point, all my life I was told that the best thing I could achieve or the best profession I could get into as a woman in Myanmar, is the medical profession.In that moment, I felt like my whole world had ended as if everything I had worked for the past 11 years counted for nothing. And then I learned that my friend who got a lower score than I did could apply for the medical school, although his total score was 15 points lower than mine, just because the requirements are set much lower for boys. That was the first time in my life I felt so angry for being born as a woman. It wasn’t that I had failed; it wasn’t that I didn’t try hard enough; my only shortcoming was being a woman. 
    We will be talking about the historic role of women in Myanmar, why women are at the forefront of the democratic movement, and why female revolutionary leaders are a reason for hope.
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    In the face of the current Burmese struggle, please support the initiative Print For Crisis, founded by my friends Chiara Luxardo and Olga Stefatou:

    https://www.printforcrisis.org/

    On their website, 80 photographers offer their limited edition fine art prints for a very affordable price. All net proceeds from the sales go to journalists, photographers, and artists in Myanmar. Print For Crisis will last another two weeks and prints are selling fast.

    Choose from the works of amazing photographers like Chris Steele-Perkins, John Vink, and Nikos Economopoulos - just to name a few. Go get yours now and catch me if you can.
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    SHOW NOTES

    Print For Crisis Website
    Print For Crisis Facebook
    Print For Crisis Instagram
    I Support Myanmar

    Teza on Facebook

    Thuma Collective
    Yangon Photo Festival
    Lensational (a collaboration for free photography education for women)

    "Disclosure", Netflix, 2020
    History Of Myanmar

    Get Jim Kroft's Song, "Love In The Face Of Fear"
    Mind the Bump


    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan)

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Minn Tent Bo "How Democracies Die"

    Minn Tent Bo "How Democracies Die"

    Minn Tent Bo is a Burmese human rights consultant, author, and independent election observer who provides political, conflict and legal analysis, programme support and strategic advice to local civil society organisations, international non-governmental organisations and multilateral organisations.
    He has been on Election Expert Missions to various countries in his function as a programme officer for the Carter Center and as an independent advisor to the EU.
    Minn is a consultant to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and an educator against Gender Based Violence.
    Minn lives in London since 2018 and is a freshly baked dad with a wonderful daughter of eight months old.
    Why he got into the field of human rights in the first place, the reasons for his strong disposition for democracy we will talk about today.
    And who better to give us an analysis of the current situation in Myanmar and to talk about the vulnerability of something which is taken for granted by the ones who have it, yearned and fought for by the ones who don’t: democracy.

    SHOW NOTES

    Print For Crisis Website
    Print For Crisis Facebook
    Print For Crisis Instagram

    Minn on LinkedIn

    "How Democracies Die", Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, 2018
    "Coup D'Etat: A Practical Handbook", Edward Luttwak, 1968
    History Of Myanmar

    Get Jim Kroft's Song, "Love In The Face Of Fear"
    Mind the Bump
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan)

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Chiara Luxardo "Print For Crisis"

    Chiara Luxardo "Print For Crisis"

    Chiara is an Italian visual storyteller based in the UK in London. In her work she explores identities, relationships and gender issues.
    She is an active member of Women Photograph, a non-profit launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of women* and nonbinary visual journalists. 
    The roots for her interest in identity and the power of relationships can be traced back to a farm near Milan, I believe, where Chiara grew up. It is a place that has been in her family's hands for many generations and her love for the place finds expression in her ongoing project Family Farm.
    The Family Farm is an examination of the visual residue of previous generations in the form of old pictures, juxtaposing the findings with new original visual concepts and, thereby, galvanizing a new interpretive, dialectic space that speaks of history as a living process - never complete in its evaluation and heavily dependent on the viewer's current perspective and emotional state. History, after all, is narrated.
    Chiara lived and worked in Myanmar from 2015 to 2019, where she focused on LGBTQI+ projects and the organization of Yangon Pride.
    In her project Burma Love, Chiara places gay couples in front of romantic studio backgrounds, heavily borrowing from the aesthetics of Burmese wedding photos, expressing the yearning of gay couples to be accepted into the common standards and rituals of society to be regarded, ultimately, as equals amongst equals. 
    Her love for Myanmar is still very strong. In the light of the current democratic uprising against the military junta with rising death tolls every day, Chiara and her friend Olga Stefatou, whom you might already know from a previous episode of the Yellow Van, launched the initiative Print For Crisis.

    We at Mind the Bump want to support this great idea as much as we can. In this episode, therefore, we want to focus on what it is that made Chiara fall in love with Myanmar, why we should care about what is happening there at the moment, and how help can be as simple as hanging a beautiful photo up on your wall.

    SHOW NOTES

    Print For Crisis Website
    Print For Crisis Facebook
    Print For Crisis Instagram

    Chiara's Website
    Chiara on Instagram

    Myanmar
    Yangon
    Aung San Suu Kyi

    Get Jim Kroft's Song, "Love In The Face Of Fear"
    Mind the Bump
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan)

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Claudia Hector "Woman in Cinema"

    Claudia Hector "Woman in Cinema"

    Claudia is a camera assistant from Munich in Germany. And, above all, my "baby" sister.
    For close to ten years now, she has been honing her craft in film and cinema, steadily rising up in the camera ranks. Her passion and joy are absolutely infectious, despite the obvious stigma of this particular adjective of late.
    She has been a part of many big German film and TV productions, working with some of the finest German actors, directors, and camera operators.
    I am extremely proud of her and I couldn't be happier to have her on board today to discuss with her the challenges cinema is facing during a pandemic and what it is like to be a woman in a still largely male dominated field.
    Welcome to the Yellow Van, Claudi!

    SHOW NOTES

    Claudia's Music
    Claudia on Crew United

    Käptn Peng (in German)
    Fabian Gamper, Camera Operator
    Orson Welles
    Ani DiFranco
    The Late Late Show with James Corden
    Minnie Driver
    Minnie Questions, Podcast
    Rutger Bregman
    Utopia for Realists, 2018, Rutger Bregman
    Supergrass
    Road To Rouen

    Mind The Bump
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan)

    • 2 hr 1 min
    Erik Lorenz "A Micro-Adventure"

    Erik Lorenz "A Micro-Adventure"

    Erik is an author, publisher, moderator and podcast host from Berlin, Germany. He has published an impressive amount of work, ranging from travel guides, travel books, short story anthologies to magazine articles and more. He is also the founder of Weltwach (which roughly translates to world awake), a German online magazine for adventure and travel topics. The related podcast, hosted and produced by Erik, already has produced 188 episodes and counting.
    Since last year, the Weltwach podcast produces an English offshoot called Unfolding Maps. The impressive guest list includes Laura Dekker, the youngest person to ever sail around the world solo, the endurance artist “Iceman” Wim Hof, and, one of my personal role models, National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry.
    Especially beautiful to me is the book series How We See It, which is an anthology of short stories focusing on a particular country by offering the perspectives of the many. Each voice is acting as a building block emphasizing cultural abundance. Kind of like the mathematical letter PI that offers more accuracy with every single digit behind the comma, attempting the impossibility of squaring the circle. Just like it, culture needs many voices to be representative. Erik’s books make that very clear to me. 
    Originally, Erik studied International Marketing and Business Management in the Netherlands, Hongkong and Great Britain. If he would have studied travel, if that had been a viable study course option at university, or if his cultural thirst was acquired through his higher education, we will discuss in today’s episode  - and, as always, a lot more.

    SHOW NOTES
    Weltwach German Podcast
    Weltwach on Instagram
    Weltwach on Facebook
    Unfolding Maps English Podcast
    Unfolding Maps on Instagram
    Unfolding Maps on Facebook
    List of Erik's books

    The One & Only Jim Kroft
    Peter Willers, Defusing mines in Cambodia
    Khmer Rouge
    Christine Thürmer
    Eric Adams
    Manowar
    Hans Rosling on Population Growth, TEDx
    Massai
    Jared Diamond
    Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond, 1997
    Upheaval, Jared Diamond, 2019
    Japanese Meiji era
    Matthew C. Perry
    Helge Timmerberg
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan)

    • 1 hr 58 min

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