The Change Maker (15’59”)



Su Mai is one of 105 ‘fellows’ trained by Metta Foundation, Action Aid and Shalom Foundation who have volunteered to live in remote rural communities and promote self-reliance and equality. In this short documentary made for the British Embassy Rangoon, 23-year-old Su Mai looks back on the year she has spent in the village of Sekham in Kachin State. After struggling to overcome the villagers’ initial hostility, she helped them realise an impressive array of activities including several micro-credit schemes and the construction of two schools, a library and a road.

The Changer Maker


Director: Lay Thida
Camera: Tin Win Naing
Sound: Hnin Ei Hlaing
Edit: Lay Thida


Lay Thida was born in 1983 in Loikaw, Kayah state in eastern Myanmar. An English graduate (Taunggyi University), she joined the YFS in 2005. A regular sound recordist on YFS productions, her directorial debut Just A Boy earned her a Heinrich Boell Foundation Documentary Award in 2007. Her subsequent work includes portraits of an ex-poppy grower (A Farmer’s Tale, 2007) and a young development worker (The Change Maker, 2008), and a short documentary about domestic violence in Shan State (Unreported Story, 2011). In 2010 she received a Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship to attend a documentary course at the National Film and Television School in the United Kingdom, which culminated in the production of a short documentary, Wrong Side Up. Alongside her work as a filmmaker she has co-founded the Myanmar-based NGO Better-Life which supports in particular children, women and the most vulnerable people in Myanmar.

Filmography (selection)

2005     Peace Of Mind (10’11”, sound recordist)
2006     A Million Threads (15’20”, sound recordist)
2006     A Sketch of Wathone (14’58”,sound recordist)
2006     The Uninvited Guest (13’49”, sound recordist)
2006     Just A Boy (13’05”, director and editor)
2007     The Merry Widows of Nam Mun Village (22’22”, sound recordist)
2007     A Farmer’s Tale (18’17”, director and editor)
2008     The Change Maker (15’59”, director and editor)
2009     Listen to Us (18’43”, director and editor)
2009     The Long Way Home (8’15”, director and editor)
2009     Our Forests, Our Future (23’15”, sound recordist)
2011      Unreported Story (12′, director)
2011      Wrong Side Up (12’22”, director and editor)
2011      Bungkus (The Parcel) (18’50”, director)

Screening History

August 2010 Film Festival du Douarnenez, France

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