The Merry Widows of Nam Mun Village (22’22”)



This film captures the dynamic widows of Nam Mun village in Kachin State as NGO Metta Development Foundation’s Participatory Action Research (PAR) programme enables them to spearhead projects – from pig rearing to rice banks and savings and loans – that are transforming lives from abject poverty into economic viability.

The Merry Widows...


Director: Kyi Phyu Shin
Camera: Thu Thu Shein
Sound: Lay Thida
Edit: Kyi Phyu Shin


Born in Yangon in 1975, director Kyi Phyu Shin has numerous feature-length dramas to her credit, including the historical epic The Great Victory of Arimadanapura. The YFS documentary workshop in 2005 during which she made Peace of Mind, marked her first encounter with the genre. For her next documentary, A Sketch of Wathone (2006), she chose to portray a painter whose life and work had long been an inspiration to her. The Merry Widows of Nam Mun Village was her first NGO commission.

Filmography (Documentaries)

2005     Peace of Mind (10’11”, director)
2006     A Sketch of Wathone (14’58”, director)
2007     The Merry Widows of Nam Mun Village (22’22”, director)
2008     Like a Bubble in Water (12’04”, co-director docufiction)

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