We present a list of 10 Short Films worth watching at the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival (HRHDIFF) that will take place from June 14th – 19th in Yangon (Myanmar).
A Peaceful Land by Sai Kong Kham, Lamin Oo – Myanmar | 2016 – 21 min.
In 2005, Myanmar government started a nation-wide campaign to plant Physic Nut – a toxic bush-like tree – for biodiesel production. It was considered “a national duty” to grow these trees. The country was to plant eight million acres within three years. This radical program resulted in land confiscations and forced labor all over the country. Faced with these hardship and injustice, four courageous farmers from Nat Mauk (Magway Division) stood up against the authorities and fought for their rights and their land.
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Caution by Phyo Zayar Kyaw – Myanmar | 2016 – 4 min.
Since the post-election period in 2010, the poor farm-less people from Malatto village group, Maubin district in Ayeyarwaddy region have been struggling hard for their living almost every year. This happens since there has been less and less land in the region where they can earn their living. Their rights to use natural resources in their local area has been limited. So, they face lots of difficulties in meeting their basic needs. When the stakeholders of the water and land areas in that region have got the right to open their hearts, we can hear the “Whisper from Malatto”.
Displaced by Panha S. Theng – Myanmar | 2016 – 43 min.
This film depicts the effects of civil war in Kyauk Mae township in Shan State, Myanmar.
Home by Kaung Sint – Myanmar | 2016 – 12 min.
A sequel to 2014’s short “Enter”. Based on the real life accounts of former political prisoners like Zaganar and San ZawHtway, this film portrays an imprisoned father who receives the news that his wife has given birth to their second child, and the hope that the father holds for himself and his unseen child.
Mother and Son by Thwe Myo Nyunt – Myanmar | 2015 – 17 min.
Many youths and students participated in the 1988 uprising, a very important historical event in Myanmar. The government brutally crushed the movement, leading many students to their deaths and imprisonments and torture. After the transition to Democracy in 2015, the students who protested over educational reforms were once again handled with forced. One of the student’s mother, DawMyaMya Aye, recounts her and her son’s experiences.
My Life I Don’t Want by Nyan Kyal Say – Myanmar | 2016 – 10 min.
My Life I Don’t Want A short animated film about the life of a Myanmar girl inspired by true events.
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My Son by Soe Moe Aung – Myanmar | 2015 – 23 min.
A portrait of a young man who was recruited as a child soldier, his relationship with his mother, their problems and hopes.
Reborn by Sein Lyan Tun – Myanmar | 2016 – 9 min.
A young girl who got domestic abuse, dropped out from school. She faces a moral dilemma when her parents want her to work as a maid. After she found out that she has been trading for human trafficking. Her life is completely changed.
The Scoop by Nay Chi, Pyae Shine Ko – Myanmar | 2016 – 20min.
About a woman investigative journalist and her life, her volition, and her profession in the time of transition.
Unsilent Potato by sein Lyan Tun – Myanmar | 2016 – 42 min.
In 2014, a young disable Karen ethnic girl named ‘Potato’ was raped by neighbor married man who was later accused for the said case. The rape case (376) nonetheless was deceived as seduction suits (417) that having unlawful sexual relation of persuasion. After making a firm decision, family attempted to raise women’s awareness and disability rights so they let the world know her daughter’s devastating story. Potato, the poor girl, can’t even speak to voice her feeling out but to express her pains by drawing sketches. That’s how she describes she is in deep sorrow, despair and frustration. The trial is still ongoing.
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