The Campaigner (14’49”)

Director Nang Chan Myayt Aye | Camera Aye Chan | Sound Recordist Moe Kyaw Thu | Editor Zin Mar Oo | Editing Mentor Tuula Mehtonen

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SYNOPSIS

An inspiring portrait of a young activist’s tireless efforts to promote peace and equality in Shan State and engage ordinary people in the national peace process.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Nang Chan Myayt Aye (32) is Shan-Pa-O and grew up in Hopong Township in southern Shan State in Myanmar. After taking a science degree at Taunggyi Technology University, she volunteered for several civil society organisations in Myanmar working with grassroots communities. Since joining YFS in 2016 she has taken part in several courses including Participatory Video, which led her to later co-facilitate a YFS Travelling Cinema placement in Inle Lake’s Naung Shwe. She was also a co-creator of the short YFS-produced fiction The Banyan Tree about a young Shan girl’s struggle to overcome her trauma of civil war. Her first documentary, made during her first year at YFS, was Buy, Sell, Resell; The Campaigner is her third short documentary. She is currently developing a feature-length documentary about the economic and environmental threats to the people who live along Nam Teng creek, a tributary of the Thanlwin River in Shan State.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Shan State has been and still is a vital place in Myanmar for many reasons. It is a home for a number of ethnic minorities, a stronghold for several armed groups, a hive of natural resources, an important borderland, and also a place of conflict, refugees and poverty. It falls to the country’s young people to take on a raft of responsibilities.

I first met the protagonist of my film The Campaigner when we worked together in the Southern Shan State Youth Network. I knew something about Wint Htal Kaung Myat’s family’s political background but most of all I was impressed by his own involvement in politics in spite of his young years; it was his dedication to using politics to improve the situation for the many people who are being left behind in Shan State that inspired me to make a film about him.

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

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TECHNICAL DETAILS

Duration 14’49’’ | Format 16:9 anamorphic | System PAL | Subtitles English | 2020





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