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Broken (2021)

Broken

Some parts of conflicted Myanmar are no place for a girl

October, 2021
Yamagata International Film Festival
SPECIAL MENTION BEST ASIAN CURRENTS AWARD
Yamagata, Japan

Synopsis

Life for women and girls is far from safe in parts of conflict-affected Kayah State. In this absorbing short documentary, first-time director Khin San Win explores both her own trauma and that of another woman from her village in a bid to break the silence that shrouds violence against women in Myanmar.

Director's Statement

In the beginning, I wanted to make a film about how war-torn people and land mine victims are struggling with their lives. But after I saw deeper into the scene, I realized there are fewer stories about women who become victims of war and how they have been and are being abused by armed men and how they try to continue their difficult lives.

Director's Biography

Nan Khin San Win (25) was born and grew up in Bawlakhe Township in Myanmar’s Kayah State. She discovered her passion for filmmaking while taking part in a workshop run by YFS alumni in the Kayan capital of Loikaw. ‘I want to reveal the many hidden stories in Kayah’ she says of her decision to enrol at YFS in 2020. Broken, in which she bravely examines her own biography, is her first documentary as a director.

Awards & Nominations

October, 2021
Yamagata International Film Festival
SPECIAL MENTION BEST ASIAN CURRENTS AWARD
Yamagata, Japan
May, 2022
41st Jean Rouch Film Festival,
Nomination Best International Documentary Film
Paris, France
March, 2022
Watersprite International Student Short Film Festival
Nomination Best Documentary Award
Cambridge, England
August, 2021
Seoul International Women's Film Festival
Nomination Best Asian Short Award
Seoul, Korea

Screenings

April, 2022
Venezia Shorts
Venice, Italy
December, 2021
Visual Documentary Project
Kyoto, Japan
November, 2021
4th Ground Up Student Film Festival
Hongkong, Hongkong

Director's Filmography

2021
Broken

Director

12‘54‘‘

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