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Burmese filmmakers encounter the survivors of Myanmar's worst natural disaster in living memory.

In May 2008 a cyclone called Nargis raged for hours in Myanmars Ayeyarwaddy Delta, killing 140,000 people. Two Burmese filmmakers couldn't remain silent and felt compelled to go to the delta and record the devastation. Seven days after the storm, they made their way to scenes of utter devastation. They met villagers who had lost everything, and recorded scenes that touched them to the core, such as rain-drenched survivors searching for wood and nails in the mud in order to build a roof over their heads. Life was going on, somehow, in the most fragile of settings and yet it felt as if time had stood still. Moving through a world that appeared more surreal than real, life and death seemed to coexist and survivors talked about the dead as if they were still with them.

The cyclone had inscribed itself in everyone´s memory. Who could ever forget Nargis? Does the water have a memory? The filmmakers have carefully woven these emotions into an intimate and poetic film that powerfully conveys what it means when a natural disaster changes forever the lives of so many.

Film Credits

Directors: Kyaw Kyaw Oo, Maung Myint Aung

Producers: Claire Franklin

Photography: Thet Maung Win, Naing Htut, Maung Myint Aung

Editing: Thit Tun, Angus Aberdeen

Sound: Sein Win, Thit Tun, Khin Saw Mu

Production Company: Claire Franklin Film Productions


Special Mention Award / Regards Neufs, Filmfestival Nyon, 2010, Special Mention Award, Festival International du Film d`Environment / Paris 2010


Orginal Title: Nargis

Subtitles: Yes

Voiceover: No

Country: ,

Length: 90 min

Colour: Yes

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Nargis – when time stopped breathing Screening:

  • Sat21May

    at Birkbeck Cinema

    21 May 2011 6:00 pm

    There is also a Panel Discussion
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