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Boy Queen (2021)

Boy Queen

Two young drag artists in Yangon, Myanmar

November, 2022
Alpavirama International Youth Film Festival
Special Mention Award
Ahmedabad, India


To his mother, Agyip is a 19-year-old who works as a hotel receptionist. What she doesn’t know is that by night her son has another persona and another life – as ‘Violet Katy’. In conservative Myanmar, drag is something of a nascent art and often frowned upon, but Agyip and his friend Myint Kant Zin are determined to don their make-up and costumes, strut their stuff and live the lives they want – in spite of family pressure.

Director's Biography

Sai Nyi Min Htut (born in 1994) is from Kyaukme in Myanmar’s northern Shan State. After gaining a degree in English from Lashio University, he spent several years working as an activist and writing about LGBTI and other human rights issues before joining YFS in 2020. He has completed a number of YFS courses including Animation & Mixed Media during which he co-created the comicbook and animation My Wife is Beautiful, and Participatory Video, which qualified him to join a Travelling Cinema crew in Kengtung in eastern Shan State in 2021. Boy Queen – which he also co-edited with fellow YFS student Nang Cho Lae Yee Thein – marked his directorial debut. His graduation film project, Just A Prayer, is a documentary set in a refugee camp in Shan State.

Awards & Nominations

November, 2022
Alpavirama International Youth Film Festival
Special Mention Award
Ahmedabad, India
November, 2021
18th VERZIO International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Nomination Best Student and Debut Film Award
Budapest, Hungary


May, 2023
Pride Movie Night by Greenhouse
Chiang Mai, Thailand
April, 2023
Queer East Film Festival
London, United Kingdom
March, 2023
15th Edition of CinemAsia Film Festival
Amsterdam, Netherlands
May, 2022
Goettingen International Ethnographic Film Festival
Goettingen, Germany
November, 2021
All Asian Independent Film Festival
Manila, Philippines

Director's Filmography

Boy Queen

Director / Editor



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