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The Novice Brothers (2023)

The Novice Brothers

Two boys in a monastery – through thick and thin


Two years ago, Yan Shin and his younger brother Aung Moe were sent to live in a monastery in Yangon by their mother who was too poor and too ill to take care of them anymore. The documentary camera proves to be the perfect audience for these two spirited boys, but the film also reveals how important they are for each other and shows how the monastery has become a safe haven in which they are slowly learning how to cope with loss.

Director's Biography

Shwe Yee Oo was born in Yangon in 1999. She graduated from the National University of Arts and Culture with a major in painting in 2019, also gaining a diploma in music (violin) in the same year. Drawn to film in her teens, she had already worked for various production companies including Tagaung Animation Studio and subtitled many films when she took up studies at YFS in 2022. She has since worked on several YFS projects in various capacities, providing the soundtrack or camera on her peers’ works (including In the Heat of the Fire, The Goldsmiths) and has also collaborated on a short fictional project, Into the Night. For her first documentary as a director, she chose to portray two young monks in The Novice Brothers. The Boy Who Lives by the Sea is her second film. 

Director's Filmography



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