Stigmatize This! (23’00”)

2009

Synopsis

In 2008, the UN Secretary-General launched UN Cares, the UN system wide workplace programme on HIV. In Myanmar the UN Cares team began a two-day training programme for UN staff at 35 sites around the country. The aim of these workshops was to increase HIV awareness and reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination among the 2,200 strong workforce.
Following three trainers to sites in Chin State and Ayeyarwaddy Delta, this short documentary interweaves surprisingly frank interview material with often moving scenes filmed during workshop sessions to provide a warm and authentic record of a valuable programme.

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Credits
Director: Aung Ko Ko
Camera: Tin Win Naing
Sound: Hnin Ei Hlaing
Editor: Aung Ko Ko

Biography

Born in Yangon in 1976 Aung Ko Ko gave up his psychology degree to take up photography. A computer design graduate from the University of Culture, he joined the Yangon Film School in 2005. From the outset, Aung Ko Ko’s camerawork on Yangon Film School productions such as Peace of Mind has displayed a strong cinematic eye. His first work as a director in his own right was the sensitive portrait of a young Myanmar kickboxer Into the Ring which won a Heinrich Boell Foundation Documentary Award in 2007. He has since worked as either director or cinematographer on a number of productions and in 2009 he directed and edited Stigmatize This!

Director’s filmography (selection)

2005 Peace of Mind (10’11”, cinematographer)
2006 Into the Ring (10’59”, director)
Winner of a Heinrich Boell Foundation Documentary Award 2007
2006 Beyond the Light (12’21, cinematographer)
2009 Flash (cinematographer) Satori Creative Work Production, 2009, Feature length fiction
2008 Like a Bubble in Water (17’23’, cinematographer)
2009 Stigmatize This! (26’05”, director)
2011 The Game (25’, cinematographer)
2011 Rice – Towards a better Future (32’17”, cinematographer)

Screening History 

February 2011 Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand






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