Water Boy (14’29”)



This short documentary describes 13-year-old Aung Myat Thu’s strenuous job at a water purification factory. During his breaks we hear about his family in Twante and learn what gives him the strength to persevere in the face of hardship and separation from his loved ones.

Water Boy


Director: Tay Zar Win Tun
Camera: Mya Darli Aung
Sound: Ma Zin Zin
Editor: Melanie Sandford


Yangon-born Tay Zar Win Tun first encountered documentary films in Japan where he spent four years working for an electronics company. Returning to Myanmar in 2005 to take over his father’s photographic stores he nonetheless pursued his passion for film by working as a cinematographer and sound recording engineer on Myanmar feature films. Since joining YFS in 2007 he has initiated a string of documentaries; these include his directorial debut Water Boy as well as films about a rice-growing project in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, monastery education and the controversial Myitsone dam project.

Filmography (selection)

2007     Water Boy (14’39”, director)
2007     Regrets (7’48”, director)
2011      Rice – Towards a Better Future (32’17”, director)

Screening History

June 2007 Sydney Film Festival, Australia
November 2009 Interfilm Festival, Berlin, Germany
August 2010 Film Festival du Douarnenez, France

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