Bungkus (18’50”)

2011

Synopsis

‘Bungkus’ is the Malay word for ‘parcel’, the name given to young women sent abroad to marry a man they may never have met so 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 local boy Asang is threatened when her mother decides she must become a ‘parcel’. The film’s end is inspired by a real-life tragedy within the Chin community.

Bungkus

Credits
Director & Producer: Lay Thida
Screenwriter & Production Manager: Anna Biak Tha Mawi
Cinematographer: Kyaw Ko Ko
Sound Recordist: Hnin Ei Hlaing
Assistant Director: Khin Myo Myat
Camera Assistant: Lars Barthel
Editor: Khin Khin Hsu
Project Mentors: Rachel Mathews, Lars Barthel, Ivan Horák, Helke Madry, Regina Bärtschi

Biographies

Born in Kayah State in eastern Myanmar, director Lay Thida joined YFS in 2005. Her first film, Just a Boy, screened at international film festivals. She has directed four films for clients in the development sector (The Change Maker, A Farmer’s Tale, Listen to Us and The Long Way Home). 2010 was a particularly busy year for Lay Thida: she also made two documentaries, Unreported Story and Wrong Side Up, the latter produced during a ten-week course at the UK’s National Film and TV School. Lay Thida is co-founder of the NGO Better Life which has projects in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta and Rakhine State.

Screenwriter Anna Biak Tha Mawi is a Chin national from Hakha who lives in Yangon where she is studying English Literature at the Myanmar Institute of Theology. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Chin magazines and her painting and photographs have been shown in group exhibitions at the V30 Art Group and the New Zero Art Space. Anna joined a YFS Screenwriting Workshop in 2009 when she wrote early drafts of Bungkus. She would like to develop a feature-length version of this story once she has completed her University studies.

Director’s filmography (selection)

2005 Peace Of Mind (10’11”, sound recordist)
2006 A Million Threads (15’20”, sound recordist)
2006 A Sketch of Wathone (14’58”,sound recordist)
2006 The Uninvited Guest (13’49”, sound recordist)
2006 Just A Boy (13’05”, director and editor)
2007 The Merry Widows of Nam Mun Village (22’22”, sound recordist)
2007 A Farmer’s Tale (18’17”, director and editor)
2008 The Change Maker (15’59”, director and editor)
2009 Listen to Us (18’43”, director and editor)
2009 The Long Way Home (8’15”, director and editor)
2009 Our Forests, Our Future (23’15”, sound recordist)
2011 Unreported Story (12′, director)
2011 Wrong Side Up (12’22”, director and editor)
2011 Bungkus (The Parcel) (director)

Screening History

February 2012 Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand





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