ASIAN FILM - Video
19:47 - 17th October 2012, by David West

Return To Burma On 12 November

Midi Z's film Return To Burma offers a rare glimpse inside a country slowly emerging from decades of military dictatorship.

The film follows Xing-Hong as he returns to the country of his birth after living and working in Taiwan, bringing with him the remains of a friend killed in an accident abroad.

In Burma, Xing-Hong finds that everyone his age wants to leave the country, even as he tries to follow his dream of making a business in his home town.

Return To Burma was produced by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien and is the debut feature from Midi Z.

"Early 2008, I finally went back home to Burma for the first time in ten years," says Mizi Z in his director's statement about the film. "I felt nothing has changed in my hometown; young people gathering together every day to play guitar and sing love songs. Every three days, they would go to smuggle motorcycles across the Chinese border, then ride 20 hours to Lashio allowing them to earn twenty U.S.dollars."

"In November 2010, there were elections in Burma; meanwhile the military junta released the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who was under arrest house for nearly two decades. Many of the Burmese from abroad believe that Burma is changing and it's time to go back home!"

"Early 2011, I took my camera, returned home and once again I came across those young people who sang love songs. Many were still waiting for their passports in order to go abroad to work; my childhood English teacher, Adove, also still held onto his American dream."

"Even though they live in the plight of sorrow, those who crossed borders passing through the wilderness and military checkpoints early in the morning or in the middle of the night still demonstrated vigorous energy of life and were full of tenacity."

The film will be out on DVD from Terracotta on 12 November. Here's the trailer:

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