The Bamboo Grove (18’42”)



A naive young city doctor’s first job out of medical school is a posting to a rural Kayin community in the Delta. Visiting his patients by boat, the doctor comes into the conflict with traditional Kayin ideas about medicine in the form of U Kee Yo, an old man determined to remain in his beloved bamboo grove. The Story is inspired by screenwriter Aung Min’s own experience as a doctor amongst the Kayin people in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta.

The Bamboo Grove


Director: Khin Khin Hsu
Screenwriter: Aung Min
Camera: Mya Darli Aung
Sound: Kyaw Myo Lwin
Editor: Hnin Ei Hlaing
Producer: Shin Daewe


First time director Khin Khin Hsu trained as cinematographer during the 2009 YFS Beginners’ Workshop and proved herself to be a talented and sensitive editor on various YFS projects in 2010 including the warmly observational Thursday’s Child. She grew up in a film environment and perhaps inherited her filmmaking talent from her father, the well-known Burmese editor U Ohn Maung.

The screenwriter Aung Min graduated as a medical doctor but is also a professional writer with prose stories ‘Bad Night’ (1999), ‘I Came To This Town On Assignment’ (2003) and ‘Incomplete Diary’ (2995) published in the Myanmar language. Since joining a YFS Screenwriting Workshop in 2006 and a FAMU workshop in the same year, several of his scripts have been turned into short films in Myanmar and in the Czech Republic. In 2010, Aung Min directed a documentary, The Clinic, about his own Yangon medical practice. He is currently developing a feature-length screenplay with YFS filmmaker The Maw Naing.

Director’s filmography (selection)

2010     Hey, Girl! (16’32”, cinematographer)
2011     Thursday’s Child (15′, editor)

Screening History

November 2011 Interfilm: International Short Film Festival, Weitblick Süd Ostasien section, Berlin, Germany
February 2012 Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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