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Homework and Tyres Roll To Canada

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We are proud to announce that Homework and Tyres have been selected for the Eastern Breeze International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. They will feature in the documentary program along with 11 other documentaries from all over the world.

 

Homework is Lamin Oo’s directing debut and has won the Special Mention Award at the 4th Wathann Film Festival 2014 in Yangon. The film was edited by our very own, Zaw Win Htwe who is also acclaimed for many other Myanmar documentaries. Homework follows the story of the director’s niece as her family tries to stay together even when apart. It was our first independent project we embarked on after finishing This Land Is Our Land. We funded the project ourselves and worked together with other local professionals in the Myanmar independent filmmaking community. Additionally, we brought in musicians and graphic artists to create this simple but sweet documentary.

 

Tyres is also one of our favourite works produced by the Yangon Film School and directed by talented filmmaker Kyaw Myo Lwin — another recipient of the New Vision Award (for Silent Talker) at the 4th Wathann Film Festival. It is an observational documentary which captures the lives of workers at a tire recycling workshop. The film was edited by the esteemed editor Myo Min Khin. Tyres also won an award for best cinematographer at the Palm Springs Film Festival with Aung Ko Ko collecting the top prize during that event. Aung Ko Ko also collaborated with us in Homework as the colourist.

 

We are delighted to have these two films representing Myanmar in a film festival that emphasizes on showcasing different cultures across the world. 


Myanmar’s First LGBT Film Fest A Success

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The &Proud LGBT Film Festival was the first ever film festival devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. This three-day film fest at the French Institute in Yangon was a huge success with great turnouts. It showcased many films and documentary from Asia including films from Myanmar. Everyone here at Tagu Films is proud to be one of the official partners of this fabulous event.

 

The use of Myanmar subtitles in the films featured at the event made it very accessible for the Myanmar audience that came to the show. We believe it was one of the key features of the film festival that made it so successful.

 

We are also thrilled to have Khun Minn Ohn’s debut documentary Kings & Queens, a film that shows a glimpse into a LGBT community in Yangon, featured in the film festival. It was a great pleasure to have new audience viewing our effort and to meet old friends who were involved in making of this film. This event has renewed our determination to showcase more about the LGBT lives through our work.

 

Myanmar still has a lot of work to do in terms of accepting LBGT individuals and offering the rights they deserve as its citizens. But it was encouraging to see the LGBT community in Yangon coming together to celebrate with such enthusiasm.  

 

Now &Proud plans to hit the road and show the films all across Myanmar. We wish them more success on their journey and hope to work together again for next year’s edition of the festival.


Obama Mentions Tagu Films Producer in His Speech

President Obama talks to ASEAN youth at the Yangon University.

 

On his second visit to Myanmar this week, American President Barack Obama gave a speech to ASEAN youth at the Yangon University. In his speech, he mentioned our producer Lamin Oo as a young leader doing important work for his country through documentary films. Here’s an excerpt from the speech:

 

“Your generation has a greater potential to shape societies than any generations that have come before because you have the power to get knowledge from everywhere. And you have more sophistication and experience than your parents or your grandparents…

 

Lamin Oo uses his power to tell the stories of his fellow Burmese. He studied at Gettysburg College in the United States. The transformation he watched unfold through Facebook inspired a return home and make award-winning documentary about the plight of Burmese farmers. And he says, “my country has be closed so long that there are a lot of stories to be told.” So you, young people, have the chance to tell those stories….

 

There is so much to build here. In countries this, it is critical that you get involved in that way.”

Everyone here at Tagu is proud of Lamin. And we are once again reminded of the gratitude we owe to the honest and courageous farmers who shared their stories in making of This Land Is Our Land, our documentary about the struggles of Myanmar farmers.

 

This is also a testament to the major role that documentary-filmmaking plays in our country and the hard work of all the Myanmar independent filmmakers in this transitional period.


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