January 2012

We are pleased to announce the screening of the following films at various international film festivals around the world in the coming months:

3 – 7 February 2012, Lifescapes: Southeast Asian Film Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Four YFS films are being screened at the second Lifescapes film festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand next month. The Game by director Maung Okkar, The Bamboo Grove by Khin Khin Hsu and Lay Thida’s Bungkus will be screened in a small YFS Series as part of the programme, which includes a Q&A. Hnin Ei Hlaing’s film Burmese Butterfly is being shown in the Gender and Sexuality in SE Asian Film section. Directors Lay Thida, Maung Okkar and Hnin Ei Hlaing will be attending the festival.

The festival aims to raise awareness of film culture and filmmakers of mainland Southeast Asia who make meaningful social commentary with their work – showing the beautiful without flinching from grim reality.

For more information about screening times and locations click here.

9 – 11 February 2012, Dam Short Film Festival, Boulder City, Nevada, USA

Screening in the Documentary: Around the World section at the 8th short film festival to be held in Nevada is Maung Okkar’s first film Charcoal Boy about a teenager trying to make a big impression on the girl of his dreams.

For more information about this screening click here.

For more general information about the festival click here.

26 April – 3 June 2012, Documentary Edge Festival, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand

Charcoal Boy is also being shown at this New Zealand film festival which, amongst other things, aims to give a voice to people and communities that are rarely or not heard and which ‘showcases documentaries that are cutting edge and innovative in their genre, style, narrative and delivery’. It will be shown first in Auckland and will then travel for a screening in the second part of the festival in Wellington.

Form more information about the festival click here.

9 – 13 May 2012, Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, Göttingen, Germany

Hnin Ei Hlaing’s film Burmese Butterfly which provides a rare glimpse into the emergent gay community in Burma and Lay Thida’s documentary Unreported Story, which deals with a young woman’s sad existence caught between a violent step-father and an indifferent mother, will be shown as part of the student competition section of this festival in Göttingen.

For more information about the festival click here.

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