Sound of Si­lence wins Euro­pean fes­ti­val award

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - LIL­LIAN KALISH l.kalish@mm­times.com

AF­TER com­pet­ing in the Girona Film Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber, Thet Oo Maung’s film Sound of Si­lence has fi­nally gar­nered in­ter­na­tional ac­claim as the di­rec­tor took home the 2016 Best Doc­u­men­tary Award.

This is the first time the Yangon Film School grad­u­ate has won an award in Europe. The film’s suc­cess abroad – both at the Girona Film Fes­ti­val and ac­cep­tance to the Art of Film Fes­ti­val in Cannes – has in­spired Thet Oo Maung to screen his doc­u­men­tary chron­i­cling the life of a dis­abled for­mer KNU army of­fi­cial for a third time in his home­town, Yangon.

Like the first screen­ing of his film at the Hu­man Rights and Hu­man Dig­nity In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in 2014, Sound of Si­lence will be cen­sored yet free of cost at Phan­dee­yar: Myan­mar In­no­va­tion Lab on Oc­to­ber 26 in Yangon as part of the Cre­atives Meetup: Screen­ing of Hu­man Rights Awarded Films and Doc­u­men­tary series.

“They con­tacted me to make this event just af­ter they heard that the film won an award,” he said.

Thet Oo Maung’s per­sis­tence with screen­ing Sound of Si­lence, un­cen­sored and in its orig­i­nal form, speaks to his on­go­ing com­mit­ment to doc­u­ment­ing Myan­mar’s un­told sto­ries. Though the story of Sound of Si­lence is not a new one, the ef­fects of the clashes be­tween the KNU and the Tat­madaw are long last­ing and per­ti­nent to this day.

“Some peo­ple ask me ques­tions like ‘Why did you make a film about an army sol­dier?’ be­cause they hate the Burmese army,” Thet Oo Maung told The Myan­mar Times ear­lier this year. “They want a story about a po­lit­i­cal pris­oner or a war hero in­stead of one about a Burmese sol­dier … But it’s art; you have a right not to like it.”

Sound of Si­lence will screen at the Phan­dee­yar Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 6pm tonight. To at­tend, please reg­is­ter on­line to re­ceive a free ticket to the screen­ing.

Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

Thet Oo Maung will screen his award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary Sound of Si­lence for the third time in Yangon tonight.

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