Sugar & Spice (15’15”)

Making sweets – and conversation


Director and Editor:         Mi Mi Lwin,
Cinematography:            Arrow Luck,
Sound Recordists:          Nu Nu Hlaing, Mi Mi Lwin,
Editing Mentors:             Melanie Sandford, Zaw Win Htwe

A lovingly filmed portrait of the filmmaker’s parents who eke out a living making ‘jaggery’ sweets from toddy palm syrup in Myanmar’s central dry zone.

Mi Mi Lwin comes from Nyaung Oo Township in Mandalay Division in Myanmar’s central dry zone. Her parents are toddy palm farmers. After graduating from Yezin Agricultural University she came to Yangon where she took up an internship at independent non-profit organisation Enlightened Myanmar Research (EMR). Since being accepted to Yangon Film School in 2014 she has worked on a number of films in various capacities, providing for example the soundtrack for The Bus Conductor. For her second year project Sugar & Spice she chose to portray the lives of her own hard-working parents- The resulting film, of which she was also editor, was joint recipient (with Slate) of the Ruby Award during the 2015 Goethe-Institute Documentary Awards.

Running time Format Subtitles / System Approx. 16’00” 4:3 Letterbox English NTSC


09/2016 Wathann Film Fest#6, Yangon, Myanmar,Winner of Best Southeast Asian Film Award

11/2016 IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Holland Student Documentary Competition

12/2016 Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore Southeast Asian Competition

03/2017 Watersprite International Student Film Festival, Cambridge, England Nomination Best Student Film

This film was produced by Yangon Film School (YFS), an award-winning non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting a diverse media culture in Myanmar.

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