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The Girl with Brass Rings

March, 2024
ONE WORLD Human Rights Film Festival
Winner Student Jury Award
Prague, Czech Republic

Synopsis

A young girl from the Padaung ethnic group in Myanmar struggles to fit in at school. Are the brass rings she wears what set her apart? A short animation about the acceptance of difference.

Based on real-life testimonials, this film is part of a series of animations that tell stories of inequality and discrimination in Myanmar at all levels of society, and encourage conversations around human rights and openness to different traditions and ways of life.

Director's Biography

Sai Naw Kham grew up in Tangyan Township in Myanmar’s northern Shan State. Moving to Yangon in 2007, he first studied chemistry and worked as an editor for Charr Music Production. He made his first foray into directing in 2014 during his first year at Yangon Film School with The Crocodile Creek, a short film which merged myth and memory to explore present-day environmental issues in Myanmar’s Yangon River. For 32 Souls (YFS, 2015), he travelled to his native Shan to portray one woman’s memories in this war-torn part of Myanmar. Following its international premiere at DOK Leipzig in 2016, this film went on to screen to acclaim at festivals in Korea and Nepal. In 2015, he was cinematographer on the YFS short fiction film, Book Lover, and in 2020 he directed The Forgotten Voices of the Mekong as part of an anthology of short films entitled ‘Mekong 2030’. Song of Souls is his first feature-length documentary and secured a world premiere at the prestigious Sheffield DocFest in 2023 and won Best International Documentary Award at Dokumenter Film Festival in Indonesia.  

Awards & Nominations

March, 2024
ONE WORLD Human Rights Film Festival
Winner Student Jury Award
Prague, Czech Republic

Director's Filmography

2023
Song of Souls

Director

71‘0‘‘

2020
The Forgotten Voices of the Mekong

Director

17‘0‘‘

2020
No Real Body

Director

16‘10‘‘

2018

Animation and Audio Interviews

5‘45‘‘

2017

Cinematographer

14‘45‘‘

2015

17‘49‘‘

2015

Director/Editor

25‘30‘‘

Pictures

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