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The Burma Spring Benefit Film Festival has been made possible by the goodwill and generosity of the filmmaking community, particularly those from Burma. A small but representative group of producers and directors from all over the world will be participating in this discussion about their films and the challenges of working in Burma.


Mila Aung-Thwin

Mila is a director/producer and co-founder of Montreal's EyeSteelFilm. Productions include Last Train Home (winner of 2 Emmy Awards); Up the Yangtze (Golden Horse Award winner); Rip: A Remix Manifesto (IDFA audience choice prize winner); and I Am the Blues (CSA winner). Most recently, he directed Let There Be Light (Big Sky Fest’s Artistic Vision winner) and co-edited Softie (Sundance Festival award for editing). He frequently mentors upcoming filmmakers - recent workshops include Guangzhou, China; Durban, South Africa; and Yangon, Myanmar.


Htet Aung Lwyn

Htet Aung Lwyn is an aspiring Burmese visual storyteller and queer activist. He hopes to make stories he would have loved to have seen at age 13. Return to Sender is his debut film, made with the help of his closest friends.


Wai Mar Nyunt

Wai Mar Nyunt is a Burmese filmmaker. Before moving to Finland in 2019, she was based in Yangon as a freelance artist and filmmaker. She graduated with a Fine Arts degree and also learned filmmaking in Myanmar and Czech Republic. For more than ten years she has been teaching art, directing films and organizing film workshops in Yangon, Loikaw (Kayah State, Myanmar) and Malawi (Africa). Together with Johanna Huth and Tuuli Alanärä, she recruited filmmakers from inside Myanmar and produced the film Burma Spring 21.


Johanna Huth

Johanna is an Award winning documentary filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. For the past 11 years she has been distributing films made in Myanmar worldwide and worked as international fundraiser for the historically first film festival in Myanmar. Johanna produced and edited the collaborative short film Burma Spring 21. The film is nominated for the An Stifter Peace Award 2021 in Stuttgart, Germany.


Moderated by Gaetano Kazuo Maida.

Filmmaker and photographer Gaetano Kazuo Maida is the founder and executive director of Buddhist Film Foundation. He organized the International Buddhist Film Festival, now in its 21st year, and was a founding director of Tricycle magazine.

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    54 minutes
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    United States
  • Rating
    all ages