PYI PYE / Tin Win Naing / 72’ / 2016 / Myanmar

Direction: Tin Win Naing
Production: Yasmin C. Rams
Cinematography: Aung Ko Ko, Tin Win Naing
Editing: Melanie Sandford
Sound: Ivan Horák
Original Music: Derek Baird

Having filmed politically sensitive events such as the Saffron Revolution, Tin Win Naing fled his home country of Myanmar in 2009. The nation’s brutal dictatorship had begun sweeping the country, arresting anyone suspected of critiquing the government, and Naing was certain to be targeted. Forced to leave his wife and children behind, Naing crossed illegally into Thailand, where he encountered the Burmese migrants who toil as plantation workers in conditions tantamount to slave labour. Theirs is a world of exploitation and danger, but also of solidarity and resilience. 

Born in Yangon, Myanmar, Tin Win Naing begun his career as a filmmaker in 1995 and was one of the first students to attend the Yangon Film School (YFS) in 2005. A year later, he was the cameraman on the feature-length documentary In the Shadow of the Mountain. In 2007 he won an award from the Heinrich Boell Foundation for his camerawork on the film Into the Ring. Tin Win Naing continues to make many more short films with Yangon Film Services and acted as the lead cinematographer for the multiple award-winning feature-length documentary Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing as well as the internationally distributed feature The Monk. Besides his activities as a filmmaker, he is teaching cinematography at Yangon Film School, Myanmar.