Mother and Son (17’05”)

A mother remembers her student activist son

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Director:                     Thwe Myo Nyunt,
Cinematography:        Tin Yin Bala,
Sound Recordist:        Soe Arkar Htun,
Editor:                         Zaw Win Htwe,
Editing Mentor:          Tuula Mehtonen

SYNOPSIS
The mother of two men who took part in the 1988 pro-democracy uprising remembers their struggle and their sacrifice for the sake of a more open society in Myanmar. Her experiences reflect the anguish of many families and the human cost of political activism.

BIOGRAPHY
Thwe Myo Nyunt was born in Yangon into a literary family – her father was a publisher and her mother a successful author. After studying physics at Yangon University, she followed the family tradition and began working as a journalist. An editor of The People’s Age, a weekly journal published in Yangon, she often writes about social and civil society issues.

Having joined YFS in 2012 as a scriptwriter, she later decided to also try her hand at documentary. She is currently developing a feature film screenplay ‘The News Bug’ about a young female journalist whose life is endangered when she reports on a corruption scandal. Mother & Son is her first film as a director.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Duration: 17’05’’ mins Format: 16:9 anamorphic / System: PAL Subtitles: English 2016

SCREENINGS AND AWARDS
Winner of the 2015 Goethe-Institut Myanmar Diamond Documentary Award

    ‘… intercuts beautifully filmed interviews with well-placed and dramatic archival footage that foreshadows the challenges of transitional Myanmar.’

June 2016 Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival, Yangon, Myanmar

Dec 2016 Visual Documentary Project, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Tokio, Japan

This film was produced by Yangon Film School (YFS), an award-winning non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting a diverse media culture in Myanmar.





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