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When the Boat Comes In (2013)

When the Boat Comes In


Aung Kyaw Naing and Ma Cho Lay are members of a fishing community struggling to make a living along a stretch of coastline near Thanbyuzayat in Mon State in Myanmar. Soon they will be faced with a curtailed fishing season as a result of new government legislation.

Director's Statement

"I’ve known this coastline ever since I was a little boy. In my imagination, it has always been a place of beauty and inspiration. Only when I started making this documentary did I discover how harsh life can be and how hard the fisherfolk must strive to make a living here. This makes me appreciate this memorable place even more than I did before."

Director's Biography

Cinematographer and director Khin Maung Kyaw is originally from Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar’s Mon State, but now lives in Yangon. Joining YFS in 2011 kick-started his career in documentary; he has since worked on a large number of films as cinematographer, including Take Me Home by Shin Daewe which won Best Documentary Award at the Wathann Film Festival in Yangon in 2013. Co-founded with fellow YFS-alumnus Sai Kong Kham, his production company Tagu Films is one of the country’s top addresses for independent filmmaking. When the Boat Comes In, which screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in Japan among others, was Khin Maung Kyaw’s directorial debut.

Awards & Nominations

October, 2016
BIFED Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary
Nomination for GAIA Student Award
Bozcaada, Turkey
November, 2015
Sala Mindanaw International Film Festival
Nomination for Golden Durian Prize for Best Asian Short
Mindanaw, Philippines
September, 2014
Wathann Film Fest #4
Nomination for Best Documentary Film
Yangon, Myanmar


October, 2015
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival,
Yamagata, Japan
October, 2015
Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival
Taipei, Taiwan
September, 2015
Myanmar Festival of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA., USA

Director's Filmography




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