A Bright Future (15’23”)




When the Paungdaw Oo monastic school was founded near Mandalay in 1993 the aim was to provide orphans and children from disadvantaged families with a decent education. Fifteen years later, the school has swelled to 7200 pupils and is a resounding success not least on account of its inspired, child-centred approach to teaching (known as CCA) as well as the integral role played by teachers, parents and income-generating vocational training programmes.
In this lively portrait, the school’s abbot and several of Paungdaw Oo’s teachers – many of whom were once pupils there themselves – talk about the school’s CCA concept, the astonishing benefits of encouraging children to think for themselves, and how these methods can be a model for schools across Myanmar.

A Bright Future

Director: Shin Daewe
Camera: Thu Thu Shein
Sound: Hnin Ei Hlaing
Edit: Myo Min Khin


Shin Daewe began her film career as an assistant producer at AV Media. Since joining YFS in 2006 she has created a number of films for NGOs such as Pyoe Pin (A Bright Future, 2009), PSI (The Uninvited Guest, 2006) and Metta Development Foundation (Beyond the Tsunami, 2007). Besides this portrait of the painter Rahula her own documentaries include Robe and On Holiday (both 2011). She is currently working on a film about Myanmar’s recent election entitled The Collector.

Director’s filmography (selection)

2006 The Uninvited Guest (13’49”, director)
2007 Beyond the Tsunami (20’50”, director)
2008 An Untitled Life (22’08”, director and editor)
2009 A Bright Future (15’21”, director)
2011 Robe (7’, director)
2011 On Holiday (19’ director and editor)
2011 The Bamboo Grove (producer)

Screening History (selection)
November 2010 Heinrich Boell Foundation, Kino Babylon, Berlin, Germany
October 2011 Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris, France
February 2011 Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand
January 2013 Freedom Film Festival Yangon, Myanmar

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