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Lady of the Lake (2013)

Lady of the Lake


Governments – even decades-old military regimes – may come and go but, like many rural communities in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), the lives of the villagers of Pyun Su on the banks of Moe Yun Gyi lake are pervaded by deeper traditions – above all the lively cult of the nat.

‘A beautifully filmed, rare glimpse of some of Myanmar’s powerful supernatural beliefs and their meaning for the people who practice them in this stunning Lakeland region not far from the country’s former capital of Yangon.’

Director's Biography

Myanmar computer arts graduate Zaw Naing Oo (born in 1979) had his first brush with film at Myanmar production outfit Forever Group. He attended Yangon Film School from 2011 to 2013 where he directed and/or edited several short documentaries and fiction films including Soe Moe Aung’s To School and A Step Forward (dir. Sann Maw Aung). His heartfelt portrait of a disparate Chin family in Empty Nest screened at a number of international festivals and earned him Best Short Student Documentary award in Palm Springs, USA in 2013. Shot in the stunning Moe Yun Gyi lakeland sanctuary, his second film as a director, Lady of the Lake, which he also edited, picked up two Special Mention Awards and one cinematography award at international festivals. 

Awards & Nominations

May, 2016
Goettingen International Ethnographic Film Festival
Special Mention
Goettingen, Germany
October, 2015
Singapore Myanmar Film Festival
Best Cinematography Award
April, 2015
5th Salaya International Documentary Film Festival
Special mention
Bangkok, Thailand
December, 2013
Winner Goethe-Institut Myanmar Jade Award for Documentaries
Yangon, Myanmar


June, 2020
2 Rivers Cross-Cultural Docuemntary Cinema
Koblenz, Germany
May, 2018
Alborz International Festival
Tehran, India
March, 2016
Otaki Maoriland Film Festival
Otaki, New Zealand
January, 2016
Skabmagovat Film Festival
Skabmagovat, Finland
June, 2015
RAI – International Festival of Ethnographic Film
Bristol, England
October, 2014
Taiwan International Documentary Festival
Taipeh, Taiwan
September, 2014
Wathann Film Fest #4
Yangon, Myanmar

Director's Filmography




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