Stepping Up (20’04”)



Ko Tin Tun is a farmer eking out a living in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta. His survival rests on one basic need: water. His fortunes are transformed by the arrival of a simple but life-changing piece of technology in the shape of a treadle pump from NGO IDE.

Stepping Up


Director: Pe Maung Same
Camera: Thu Thu Shein
Sound: The Maw Naing
Edit: Stewart Young


Born in Yangon in 1974 Pe Maung Same developed his love for documentary as an editor of newsreel and historical films at AV Media. He also produced his own VCD magazine, ‘Disc Diary’. A participant of YFS since 2005, he has worked on a number of YFS productions, often as cinematographer. Set in Phya Phone, his 2006 directorial debut Like Father, Like Son won a Heinrich Boell Foundation Documentary Award in 2007; Stepping Up, his third outing as a director, was made for the NGO International Development Enterprise. His work displays an enduring fascination for the people and landscapes of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Delta region.

Filmography (selection)

2005   Homesick (5’ director, editor)
2006   Like Father, Like Son (14’16” director, editor) 2nd Prize Heinrich Boell Foundation Documentary Award 2007
2006   A Million Threads (15’ cinematographer)
2006   The Uninvited Guest (13’ editor)
2007   Stepping Up (20’, director and editor)
2007   Beyond the Tsunami (20’, cinematographer)
2008   Like a Bubble in Water (17’, production manager)
2010   Rice – Towards a Better Future (32’, cinematographer)
2011   The Bamboo Grove (18’42”, assistant cinematographer)

Screening History

September 2011 Mekong Country Day, Berlin, Germany

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