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In the Heat of the Fire (2023)

In the Heat of the Fire

Blood, sweat and tears mingle with the workers’ emotions at an iron foundry in Yangon


The fire burns for many hours a day under the huge roof of this foundry in South Dagon in Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon. Working in this heat to shape red-hot iron bars with barely any protection is not for the faint-hearted. Two of these workers are 43-year-old U Naing Win and 26-year-old Kyaw Gyi. As they toil away, they keep a tight lid on their private lives, but in conversation their feelings come flooding out.

Director's Biography

Yadanar Oo was born in Yangon in 1992. A computer arts graduate from the National University of Arts and Culture, she went on to study business administration at the Yangon Institute of Economics and spent several years working in marketing. Having come to the realisation that her true passion is filmmaking, in 2022 she decided to quit her steady job and apply for a place at Yangon Film School. Since then, she has worked on several YFS productions in different capacities including sound recordist (All We Need is a Little Breath, dir. Theint Mon Soe), sound designer (Dear Daughter, dir. Hsu Pan Naing) and colourist (With Love & Devotion, dir. Nant May Flower). She made her directorial debut with In the Heat of the Fire, a portrait of a similarly intense workplace at an iron foundry. Life is Salty is her second film.

Director's Filmography

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