Seeds of Sadness (16’14”)

Director, Cinematographer, Editor Thae Zar Chi Khaing | Sound Recordist Si Thu | Editing Mentors Leo Liesvirta, Tuula Mehtonen, Khin Myanmar | Music: Cold by Jorge Mendez






In spite of a nationwide ceasefire, armed conflict still persists in Myanmar and landmines contaminate many parts of the country. Describing their effect on one family in East Bago, this film gives a dignified voice to the victims of Myanmar’s civil war and makes a powerful plea for peace.




Thae Zar Chi Khaing (26) comes from Sittwe in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. After graduating in geology she began working as a video journalist. Since enrolling at Yangon Film School in 2016, she has worked on a number of projects as director, editor or cinematographer (e.g. Tofu Nights). In 2017 she joined a YFS Travelling Cinema crew to Inle Lake to help a local community create two short films about environmental pollution. Seeds of Sadness, which she shot, directed and edited in her second year at YFS, was joint-winner of the 2017 Goethe Institut Ruby Documentary Award. She is currently working with fellow-student Cherry Thein on a feature-length documentary Cocoons about young girls living on the streets of Mandalay.




Duration 16:14 min | Format 16:9 anamorphic | System PAL | Subtitles English | 2018

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