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My Leg (2015)

My Leg


In Kayah State, Myanmar, for over 60 years, different ethnic armed groups have been fighting the Burmese Army in a war for freedom and independence. A group of war veterans have opened an artificial leg workshop constructing a hundred legs per year for fellow veterans with the same stroke of fate - leaving ethnic differences behind.

Director's Statement

For over sixty years, my home of Kayah State in Myanmar has been engaged in civil war. This conflict has led to many kinds of human rights abuses; the people of Kayah have lost the right to freedom of movement, freedom of speech, freedom of work and freedom to practice their beliefs, to name a few. Prolonged civil war has meant that a whole generation has been isolated; this is a generation that does not have access to decent educational opportunities, healthcare, or ways of making a decent living amongst many other things. Everyone involved in the conflict is sick of war: both the soldiers of various ethnic armed groups but also the Burmese Army. Everyone in Kayah yearns for peace and for the well-being of our society and future generations.

A group of soldiers of the former Karenni Nationalities People Liberation Front’s (KNPLF) have set up an artificial limb workshop near the city of Loikaw. Here they make artificial legs for people who have lost their legs as a result of the fighting – regardless of which side of the conflict they were on. The people who run the workshop are also amputees. These men really inspired me. In the past, soldiers from ethnic groups such as the KNPLF and the KNPP (Karenni National Progressive Party) and Burmese soldiers fought each other bitterly; many lost their lives. Those who lost limbs now come to this prosthetics workshop. They show empathy towards each other and help each other overcome their disabilities. I believe that making a film is a powerful way to express the desire for peace. We don’t need words because we can see in the faces of the protagonists just how much they want peace – as does everyone in Kayah.

Director's Biography

Khon Soe Moe Aung was born in 1989 in Myanmar’s Kayah State. Since making his first documentary My Leg during a Yangon Film School documentary filmmaking course held jointly with Search for Common Ground in 2014, he divides his time between working for Kayah Earthrights Action Network and sharing his documentary skills with other young people in his community. He was the recipient of a Yangon Film School Fellowship to develop In the Dark, a documentary about villagers forced to abandon their homes to make way for a hydroelectric dam. My Leg has screened at dozens of festivals all over the world, winning a string of awards.

Awards & Nominations

September, 2021
Better World Film Festival
Best Documentary Short
Bernau am Chiemsee, Germany
May, 2018
German International Festival of Ethnographic Film
Koblenz, Germany
November, 2015
Exground International Short Film Festival
Special Mention Award
Wiesbaden, Germany


September, 2023
Jakarta, Indonesia
October, 2020
Better World Film Festival
Murnau, Germany
July, 2018
Lancang-Mekong Anthropology Documentary Forum
Southwest China, China
December, 2017
Global Migration Film Festival
Online Film Festival
October, 2017
Chinese Documentary Film Festival - Visible Records
August, 2017
Japan Foundation – 50th Anniversary of ASEAN
Tokyo, Japan
May, 2017
Freiburger Filmforum
Freiburg, Germany
April, 2017
10th Vasakh Documentary Film Festival
Lahore, Pakistan
October, 2016
Alpavirama Film Festival
Ahmedabad, India
September, 2016
LA Myanmar Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA., USA
September, 2016
Wathann Film Fest #6
Yangon, Myanmar
September, 2016
DMZ DOC Film Festival
Goyang City, Paju City, South Korea
September, 2016
Pyongyang International Film Festival
Pyongyang, South Korea
May, 2016
Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival
Taipeh, Taiwan
March, 2016
Visual Documentary Project
Kyoto, Japan

Director's Filmography

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