Our Forests, Our Future (23’00”)



Since 1995, the Forestry Department has awarded renewable thirty-year community forestry permits to local communities. These permits enable local people to manage and benefit from their forests and protect their legacy for future generations. So far the Forestry Department has handed over 40,900 hectares of land to locals.
In gentle yet heartfelt tones, U Kam Shawng, of Wainemaw Township in Kachin State, describes why his community has decided to put a stop to the systematic depletion of their forests and use their permit to promote sustainable timber farming.

A Bright Future

Director: Zin Myo Sett
Camera: Tin Win Naing
Sound: Lay Thida
Editor: Aung Nwai Htway


Born in southern Kachin State in Myanmar in 1974, Zin Myo Sett studied English (BA EOP) at Taunggyi University and worked as a tour guide and an interpreter for development organisations before attending Yangon Film School documentary courses in Myanmar from 2007 to 2009. Our Forests, Our Future is his first documentary.

Director’s filmography (selection)

2007 Far From Home (10’40”, cinematographer)
2008 Like a Bubble in Water (17’23”, crew member)
2009 Our Forests, Our Future (23’15”, director)

Screening History (selection)

November 2010 Heinrich Boell Foundation conference ‘Myanmar after the Elections’, Berlin, Germany
February 2011 Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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