Charcoal Boy (11’14”)



Every day, fourteen-year-old Pho Htet Aung gazes longingly at the girl he wants to marry as she passes the charcoal shop where he works: she’s on her way to school and he’s busy sorting bags of coal and selling them to local families. After a long day he scrubs the black grime off his body and strolls past her house, hoping to catch a glimpse of the girl of his dreams.

Charcoal Boy


Director: Maung Okkar
Camera: Su Su Thaing Win
Sound: Hkawn Sann and Hnin Ei Hlaing
Editor: Jessica Ehlebracht


Maung Okkar’s film career began at the age of 14 when he starred in Dat-khe, a feature film directed by his father – the celebrated Burmese filmmaker U Wunna. Made during a YFS workshop in 2009, Okkar’s directorial debut Charcoal Boy screened at several international film festivals. He has since made another documentary, this time about Myanmar kickboxing, entitled The Game.

Director’s filmography (selection)

2010 Charcoal Boy (11’14”, director)
2011 The Game (26’40”, director)

Screening History (selection)

November 2010 Munich International Festival of Filmschools,International Competition, Germany
November 2010 exground film festival, Wiesbaden, Germany
November 20120 Munich International Festival of Film Schools(/strong>, Germany
March 2011 Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche, International Competition, Germany
May 2011 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
May 2011 Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival of HFF Konrad Wolf,Potsdam,Germany
June 2011 Mo and Friese Children’s Short Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany
June 2011 17th Palm Springs International ShortFest – Short Film Festival and Film Market, Palm Springs, California, USA
July 2011 Lago Film Festival, Italy
July 2011 Traumzeit Festival, Duisburg, Germany
October 2011 Asian Connection Festival du Cinéma Asiatique, Lyon, France
October 2011 Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris, France
November 2011 Hannover-up-and-coming Film Festival, Hannover, Germany
November 2011 Vivé Rencontre Cinéma, Grigny, France
February 2012   Dam Short Film Festival, Around The World section, Boulder City, Nevada
April – June 2012 Documentary Edge Festival , Shorts section, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand


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