This is our Land
(Dar doe myay)
Director: Sai Kong Kham
Cinematographer: Khin Maung Kyaw
Editing: Zaw Win Hywe
Sound: Lin Sun Oo, Sai Kong Khiam
Production: Tagu Films
HD, Color, 30 mn, VO Burmese with French subtitles.
This Land is Our Land follows the lives of five farmers in Myanmar. As the country moves away from authoritarian rule towards democratic reforms for the first time in over 60 years, we are able to catch a glimpse of the lives of farmers without restraint or censorship from the authorities. This documentary captures farmers struggling to find a foothold as the very ground they stand on changes. A thriving forest in the Dry Zone is confiscated; drought leads to wood-cutting leads to drought as vicious cycle spins in another area; the Ayerwaddy river eats away an island village that used to be prosperous; coal mines and landfills replace farmlands and villages in Tigyit (Shan State). As these farmers grapple with the changes of their land, they share their stories, thoughts, worries, and hopes.
“We hope that this film is able to capture a moment within our history for the world to see and to learn from their will, and to understand their hardships.” Sai Kong Kham