Burmese Dreaming

Burmese DreamingOVERVIEW

Language: English
Country of Origin: Australia & Thailand
Running Time: 50 mins
Medium: MiniDV, Digibeta
Rights: All Rights Available


Director: Timothy Syrota
Producer: Timothy Syrota
Writer: refugee students, English Immersion Program, Umpiem Mai Refugee Camp, Thai-Burma border
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company


"I was so moved by your film. I thought your use of local voice to tell the story was beautiful and essential to the whole. I loved the gentle, beautiful, graceful feel to the construction of the whole. Some scenes are so powerful and captured so much.” Ms Jan deKretser, Government House, Victoria, Australia


A young woman has a nightmare about soldiers killing her father in a mountain village in Burma. She wakes up. She is in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border but after six years this is still not where her mind lives. Instead, it drifts between the realities of refugee life and dreams, day-dreams and nightmares about Burma and the life she used to live. She is in the fields talking with her buffalo, she is dancing in the rain with her brothers, but she is also a five year old girl taken from her family and imprisoned by the Burmese military. Described as a documentary poem, Burmese Dreaming combines stories written by refugees on the Thailand-Burma border, a composed musical score, and footage shot throughout Burma by author and international award winning photojournalist, Timothy Syrota. Together, these tell a simple and compellingly human story about life in Burma under totalitarian rule.