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My Grandfather's House (2013)

My Grandfather's House


Thakin Htein Win’s granddaughter reminisces about the old wooden house where she grew up – a house which was once a meeting place for some of the architects of Burma’s independence movement, in which her grandfather played a pivotal role.

Director's Biography

Born of a Burmese publisher father and a Shan mother in 1991, English graduate Shunn Lei Swe Yee has been active in a number of youth and development networks. A passionate feminist, she claims that one of the reasons she joined Yangon Film School was to learn how to make films that will give a stronger voice to women in Myanmar. Her first film as a director was the evocative My Grandfather’s House in which a woman recalls her childhood in the traditional teak house where she grew up; her second-year project was an essayistic piece about her own childhood memories, My Mandalay. Having trained in participatory video at YFS in 2014, she has regularly joined YFS Travelling Cinema crews facilitating workshops in communities in Kachin and Chin. The School Uniform marked her debut as a director of fiction.

Awards & Nominations

September, 2013
Wathann Film Fest #3
Nomination Best Documentary Award
Yangon, Myanmar


June, 2020
2 Rivers Film Festival
Koblenz, Germany
October, 2019
Doc Klub Glasgow
Glasgow, England
November, 2017
Memory Film Festival
Yangon, Myanmar
May, 2017
Freiburger Filmforum
Freiburg, Germany
December, 2014
Luang Prabang Film Festival
Luang Prabang, Laos
June, 2014
Heart International Women’s Film Festival
Heart, Afghanistan
April, 2014
Chop Shots ASEAN Film Festival
Jakarta, Indonesia
March, 2014
Indian Women Film Festival
New Delhi, India
September, 2013
LA Myanmar Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA., USA
September, 2013
Singapore Indie DOC Festival
July, 2013
Singapore Myanmar Film Festival
Seoul, South Korea

Director's Filmography






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