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Wave (2018)

Wave

Stand Up for Women! Stand Up for Peace!

Synopsis

An independent female humanitarian activist from Shan State describes the trauma she experiences in working in an environment pervaded by despair but also her commitment to helping those forced to flee armed conflict.

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.

Screenings

December, 2021
Beyond Borders: A Feminist Film Festival – Voices from South Asia
India and Online
March, 2019
Tribal Animation Film Festival
Shillong, India
November, 2018
British Film Institute (BFI)
London, United Kingdom
August, 2018
International Youth and Media Summit
Sydney, Australia
August, 2018
Forum for Peace / People in Need
Yangon, Myanmar

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
Wave

Animation and Audio Interviews

5‘45‘‘

2017

Cinematographer

14‘45‘‘

2015

17‘49‘‘

2015

Director/Editor

25‘30‘‘

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