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Tofu Nights (2017)

Tofu Nights

Making organic tofu in Yangon


It’s a long day’s night for the workers at Yangon’s ‘top’ tofu factory Shwe Pyi Thar which prides itself on making tofu completely without the use of chemicals. A hot and laborious job, from dusk till dawn.

Director's Biography

Eim Chan Thar (born in 1983) is of Karen ethnicity and comes from Myaungmya township in Ayeyarwady Region. Despite her parents’ misgivings, she spent four years working in a bank to save enough money to dedicate herself to film. In 2016 she joined Yangon Film School and directed her first documentary, Tofu Nights. Other YFS courses followed, giving rise to Don’t Blame Me!, a powerful animated documentary about a survivor of sexual violence that quickly went viral following its release on social media, and a collaborative fictional work, Easy Money. She attended the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization’s film directing course in 2018, creating Lon. A year later she studied cinematography at the National University of Arts and Culture and wrote a script, ‘My Precious Breakfast’. Eim Chan Thar is also a photographer and a painter. Her exhibited works include ‘The Novice’, and the paintings ‘Mother’ and ‘Hibiscus’. Bone Whisperers is her second documentary. 

Awards & Nominations

June, 2020
2 Rivers Festival: Cross-Cultural Documentary Cinema
Nomination for Best International Film Award
Koblenz, Germany


September, 2017
Wathann Film Fest #7
Yangon, Myanmar

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