Book Lover (14’45”)



Naing Oo / Zaw Zaw Aung | Ma Cho / Mon Thi Kaing | Hla Thein / Min Han
Producer Khin Warso | Director Nay Lin Htun | Screenwriter Thiha Soe | Camera Sai Naw
Kham | Sound Han Linn Thwin, Mi Mi Lwin | Editor Say Nyi Nyi
Labourer Naing Oo has a passion for books and reading. When his roof starts leaking, he struggles
to raise the money to protect his prized collection of encyclopaedias. Will he accept the help of
bossy landlady Ma Cho?
Book Lover is Nay Lynn Htun’s first work as a director of fiction. A freelance videographer from
Sagaing, he enrolled at Yangon Film School in 2014 where he has worked as a cinematographer
on a number of documentaries including The Bus Conductor (dir: Ngwe Ngwe Khine) and 32 Souls
(dir: Sai Naw Kham). He shot and directed his own documentary Made in Mandalay in 2015. Book
Lover received Best Actress Award at the 2016 Wathann Film Festival in Yangon.
Screenwriter Thiha Soe has already made his name in Myanmar’s mainstream film and television
industry. The writer of a string of commercial feature films, including Let-pan which won several
Myanmar Academy Awards in 2012, Book Lover marks his first experience writing a ‘true fictions’
story based on the lives of ordinary working people in Myanmar.

Book Lover is Khin Warso’s first outing as a producer. A journalism graduate from Mawlamyine
in Myanmar’s Mon State, she first worked as a reporter for an IT journal in Yangon before joining
YFS in 2014. Her second-year documentary project Slate was joint winner of the 2015 Goethe-
Institut Ruby Documentary Award. She is currently developing Why We Left, a YFS Fellowship
documentary on the topic of migration.
Duration: 14’45’’ mins Format: 16:9 anamorphic System: PAL Subtitles: English 2017

Book Lover is a short fiction film inspired by a real-life story. It was filmed with non-professional
actors in Hmawbi and Yangon and 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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