Lost Boy (14’54”)

Director Shin Thandar | Camera Moe Kyaw Thu | Sound Recordist Ja Roi Aung | Project Mentor Hnin Ei Hlaing | Editor Thida Swe

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Thant Zin came to Yangon with his brother around three years ago. He may have been twelve years old at the time, but he can’t really remember. After finding him a job at a car wash, his brother returned to their village, leaving Thant Zin behind. He has not been back since. Deeply unhappy in his badly paid job, and fed up with sleeping under a torn mosquito net in a dark and dingy room, Thant longs to go home – but he doesn’t remember where his village is, or even what it is called. A sensitively filmed short documentary about how one boy tries to cope with loneliness and abandonment – a fate shared by many children and young adults migrating from rural Myanmar to the city in search of work and a better life.


Shin Thandar (27) is from Sittwe in Rakhine State in northwest Myanmar. Having studied English at Yangon’s University of Foreign Languages and gaining a diploma in Information Technology, she spent several years as a journalist for broadcaster MNTV among others before joining YFS in 2018. She has completed a number of YFS courses and is one of the creators of a YFS docu-animation Our Town. Now in her second year at the School, she is currently working as a freelance editor on a series of World Bank-funded short films promoting access to health, education and jobs. Lost Boy is her first documentary as a director.



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Duration 14’54’’ | Format 16:9 anamorphic | System PAL | Subtitles English | 2019

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