Not Like My Father (15’05”)

A Young Shan Farmer’s Promise

Director Nang Mhwe Ngin Seng | Camera Thae Zae Chi Khaing | Sound Recordist Ja Roi Aung | Editor Htun Tauk Moe Thu | Editing Mentor Melanie Sandford, Khin Khin Hsu

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Mong Nai Township in Myanmar’s southern Shan State is studded with pagodas that hark back to ancient times. But young farmer Sai Lao Seng Mong is battling recent history; he wants to escape the long shadow his father’s addiction has cast on his family and instead walk his own path in life.



Nang Mhwe Ngin Seng was born in Taunggyi, Shan State in 1997 and raised in the small town of Mong Nai in southern Shan State. Having studied civil engineering and English, she took up various jobs ranging from site engineer, to sales assistant and youth volunteer before deciding to fulfil her dream to learn filmmaking by joining YFS in 2018. She has since completed a number of YFS courses including Docu-Animation where she helped create a short black-and-white animated film, More Than Skin Deep, based on an oral history published in the book ‘Of Peaceful Days’. After making her documentary debut with Husband & Wife, which was filmed in the Shan capital of Taunggyi, she returned to rural Mong Nai to make her second documentary, Not Like My Father.





Duration 15’05’’ | Format 16:9 anamorphic | System PAL | Subtitles English | 2020

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