First Myanmar Film Festival in Singapore announces finalists
For Immediate Release
14 Jun 2013
Five finalists have been selected for the inaugural Singapore Myanmar Film Festival (SMFF), to be held on 7 July 2013 at VivoCity's Golden Village theater. These five films were chosen out of 30 entries that came from Myanmar film producers worldwide, with majority of these film-makers residing in Myanmar. The theme for this first edition of SMFF is "behind closed doors", and emphasis was placed on attracting works from young independent film-makers of Myanmar origin.
“The short-listed films will give viewers an intimate glimpse into the lives of people in Myanmar. We hope to raise awareness about the artistic side of Myanmar, in addition to the news on political and economic situation there,” said Dr Marlar Tun, the Director of Singapore Myanmar Exchange (SME) and coordinator of SMFF.
The winning films are in Burmese with English sub-titles. They are (in alphabetical order) :
A film about a naive young city doctor on his first job after being posted to a rural Kayin* community in the Delta. Visiting his patients by boat, this doctor comes into conflict with traditional Kayin ideas about medicine through U Kee Yo, an old man determined to remain in his beloved bamboo grove.
'Bungkus' is the Malay word for 'parcel', the name given to young women sent abroad to marry men they may never have met so that they can send money back to their families in Myanmar. Set in the Chin* community of Yangon, the story follows Zing Zing whose tenderly flowering relationship with a local boy Asang is threatened when her mother decides she must become a 'parcel'.
*Myanmar ethnic group
Twenty-one-year-old hairdresser Phyo Lay looks back on a turbulent childhood and adolescence and describes how difficult it is to come out in Myanmar. A rare peek into the emergent gay community in this hitherto isolated country.
My Grandfather's house
Thakin Htein Win’s granddaughter reminisces about the old wooden house where she grew up - a house which was once a meeting place for some of the architects of Burma’s (Myanmar) independence movement, in which her grandfather played a pivotal role.
The Old Photographer
An affectionate portrait of ninety-year-old Indian photographer G. M. Ahuja, who still lives in the once popular photographic studio in downtown Yangon that his father opened almost a century ago.
“I wish I could feature more than five films at the festival. I'm amazed at the talents of these film makers, and hope that the exposure they get through SMFF 2013 will serve them well. I believe Myanmar film industry will shine again,”remarked Dr Tun.
SMFF is organised by Singapore Myanmar Exchange (SME) in association with the Network of Myanmar American Association (NETMAA). Tickets can be purchased online at http://smff.eventbrite.sg/
About Singapore Myanmar Exchange
Singapore Myanmar Exchange (SME) is a Non-profit Organisation whose mission is to support and develop economic and skill growth between Myanmar and Singapore through educational, artistic, trade and technological opportunities. The Singapore Myanmar Exchange is proud to present the First Singapore – Myanmar Film Festival, whose primary functions through its programs are to promote the exhibition of independent films and to provide avenues for mutual exchange of talent between Singapore and Myanmar. More information can be found at http://www.singaporemyanmarfilmfestival.org
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