Lady of the Lake (21’25”)

Governments – even decades-old military regimes – may come and go but, like many rural communities in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), the lives of the villagers of Pyun Su on the banks of Moe Yun Gyi lake are pervaded by deeper traditions – above all the lively cult of the nat.

Winner of the 2013 Goethe-Institut Myanmar Jade Award for Documentaries

‘A beautifully filmed, rare glimpse of some of Myanmar’s powerful supernatural beliefs and their meaning for the people who practice them in this stunning Lakeland region not far from the country’s former capital of Yangon.’

Director: Zaw Naing Oo
Cinematography: Khin Maung Kyaw
Sound Recordist: Sai Kong Kham
Editor: Zaw Naing Oo
Editing Mentor: Melanie Sandford


Myanmar computer arts graduate Zaw Naing Oo had his first brush with film at Myanmar production outfit Forever Group. Since enrolling at Yangon Film School in 2011 he has directed and/or edited several short documentaries. His portrait of a disparate Chin family in Empty Nest (2011) screened at a number of international festivals and earned him Best Short Student Documentary award in Palm Springs, USA in 2013. Lady of the Lake, which he also edited, marks his second film as director.

2011 Empty Nest (director, 12’53”)
2014 Lady of the Lake (director, editor, 21’25”)

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