2015-Gaia Student Awards, Labor

Kyaw Myo Lwin

Myanmar/Germany, 2013, 30′

Editing: Myo Min Khin
Photography: Aung Ko Ko
Sound: Myo Min Khin

Halk Eğitim Merkezi, Saturday 13:00- 15:00

Synopsis: A tyre recycling workshop in South Okkalapa in Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon is a site of multiple uses and multiple deaths, for this is the place where defunct tyres are transformed from their original shape and use, and are reborn into new and completely different lives. Filmed almost entirely in black-and-white, this observational documentary gently explores a community of tyre cutters and recyclers, young and old, male and female, as they create with their super-sharp blades, careful eyes and skilful strokes, buckets, brushes and slippers from discarded rubber tyres. And, from time to time, in fleeting yet visceral moments in between their movements, snatched conversation and song, something lyrical, even philosophical emerges, and we are gently reminded of how every death gives way to a birth.

Director: Burmese filmmaker Kyaw Myo Lwin joined the Yangon Film School (YFS) in 2007 where he has worked since then as sound recordist and/or editor on several YFS productions including a film about trauma healing in the Delta after Cyclone Nargis called Hidden Wounds. He recently edited the short documentary “Insein Rhythm” – about a 19th century railway station in Yangon’s Insein township, but a stone’s throw away from Myanmar’s infamous Insein prison. This film premiered at Visions du réel International Documentary Film Festival in Nyon in April 2013. Tyres marks his directorial debut and has won at Palm Springs International Short Film Festival the Best Student Film and Best Student Cinematography Award.

06/2014 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Award Winner: Best Student Documentary Short, Best Student Cinematography
03/2015 FIFE International Student Film Festival, Best Student Documentary Award

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