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The Lady
Directed by Luc Besson ( Leon: The Professional ), THE LADY tells the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) and her husband, Michael Aris (David Thewlis). It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of…
A Thousand Mothers - Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar
Set at an ancient nunnery above the majestic Irrawaddy River, A THOUSAND MOTHERS is an unprecedented look at the lives of Buddhist nuns in Sagaing, Myanmar. While the choices available to girls and women in Myanmar are quite limited, this…
In Exile - The Lives of Refugees in Thailand
Having filmed politically sensitive events such as the Saffron Revolution, Tin Win Naing fled his home country of Myanmar in 2009. The nation's brutal dictatorship had begun sweeping the country, arresting anyone suspected of critiquing the government, and Naing was…
Burma VJ - Reporting from a Closed Country
Oscar-nominated and honoured with over 50 international awards, this film on Burma's secret video reporters is one of the most prolific political documentaries in recent years. The film shows a rare inside look into the 2007 uprising in Myanmar through…
Sailing a Sinking Sea: Exploring the Culture of the Moken People
Sailing a Sinking Sea is a feature-length experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand. The Moken are a seafaring community and one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, traditionally spending eight months…
Sittwe - Youth Dialogue on the Buddhist/Muslim Conflict
Banned in Burma (Myanmar), SITTWE is a story about two teenagers from opposing sides of deadly religious and ethnic conflict. The film gives voice to the youth in a deeply divided society, to create space for dialogue about reconciliation. Phyu…
Like Father, Like Son - A Rama Theater Troupe in Myanmar
Part of the Series: Yangon Film School
Zaw Oo is at a crossroads. In order to prevent his centuries-old Rama troupe from dying out he must train the next generation of players. But how can he recommend the life of a poor Rama performer to his own…
Friends in High Places
"Buddhism and nat worship are like mangoes and bananas" Whether contending with a deceitful daughter-in-law, forecasting financial prospects for a tea shop, or freeing a husband from government detainment, Friends in High Places reveals the central role of nats and…
Yangon Film School 2010 and before
Founded by Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison in 2005, the Yangon Film School (YFS) is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation that was created in order to support and encourage a burgeoning community of young media workers in Myanmar. Since its first pioneering…
6 videos
Yangon Film School 2012
Founded by Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison in 2005, the Yangon Film School (YFS) is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation that was created in order to support and encourage a burgeoning community of young media workers in Myanmar. Since its first pioneering…
5 videos
Yangon Film School 2011
Founded by Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison in 2005, the Yangon Film School (YFS) is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation that was created in order to support and encourage a burgeoning community of young media workers in Myanmar. Since its first pioneering…
4 videos
A Political Life - Aung San Suu Kyi's Former Bodyguard
Part of the Series: Yangon Film School
U Thein Soe dedicated the best years of his life to working as Aung San Suu Kyi's bodyguard. To please his long-suffering wife and family he has now bowed out of politics - but still can't help giving up his…
Yangon Film School 2013
Founded by Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison in 2005, the Yangon Film School (YFS) is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation that was created in order to support and encourage a burgeoning community of young media workers in Myanmar. Since its first pioneering…
4 videos
The Barber - A Barber in Myanmar
Part of the Series: Yangon Film School
Barber Ko Tin Htun's clientele includes both the high and mighty and the poor and humble. In between snipping and shaving, singing and chatting with his customers, he ponders the vagaries of life in Myanmar during the last half century…
This Kind of Love - A Burmese LGBT Activist Returns Home
This film follows Burmese human rights and LGBT activist, Aung Myo Min, as he returns home after 24 years in exile. Set against Myanmar's historical transition from half a century of brutal military rule, Myo shares his vision for equality…
Behind the Screen - The Story of a Burmese Family of Actors
Part of the Series: Yangon Film School
A son dissects his parents' marriage - they were film icons in 1960s Myanmar. It turns out the heartrending scenes they acted out on the silver screen are a pretty accurate reflection of their real lives. While the camera slides…
Tyres - A Tire Recycling Shop in Myanmar
Part of the Series: Yangon Film School
A tire recycling workshop in South Okkalapa in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon is a site of multiple uses and multiple deaths, for this is the place where defunct tires are transformed from their original shape and use, and are…
When the Boat Comes In - A Mon Fishing Community in Myanmar
Part of the Series: Yangon Film School
Aung Kyaw Naing and Ma Cho Lay are members of a fishing community struggling to make a living along a stretch of coastline near Thanbyuzayat in Mon State in Myanmar. Soon they will be faced with a curtailed fishing season…
Yangon Film School
Founded by Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison in 2005, the Yangon Film School (YFS) is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation that was created in order to support and encourage a burgeoning community of young media workers in Myanmar. Since its first pioneering…
14 videos
Solomon - The Charismatic Leader of the Chin People of Myanmar
Part of the Series: Yangon Film School
An encounter with the filmmaker's uncle, the charismatic commander of the Chin National Front Solomon Thang Ding, that also takes a look at the political reforms that Chin State - Myanmar's poorest region - is undergoing in the wake of…