My Family (9’59”)


Sisters Marip Sein Ram and Marip Nin Ram are both studying at a boarding school in Yangon – one thousand kilometres away from their native village of Eitone near Putao in northern Kachin State. The measured tones in which the girls tell their story are in sharp contrast to the traumatic life they led in the dysfunctional family they have now left behind. Theirs is a story of courage and resilience, and the determination to make a new start.



Director: Thet Su Hlaing, Camera: Isaac, Sound: Zon Zapal Phyu, Editor: Zaw Win Htwe, Project Mentor: Pe Maung Same, Editing Mentor: David Smith, Melanie Sandford


Mon-Christian director and editor Thet Su Hlaing came to Yangon from Thanbyuzyat in Mon State in 1998 to take up studies in religion and feminism at the Myanmar Institute of Theology. A physics graduate, she joined the Myanmar Baptist Convention in 1999, where she now works as an editor. Her own experience as a single mother may well have influenced her choice to depict the world of women in her two workshop films The Bag and My Family, both of which she directed and edited.

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