Chin Short Film ‘Bungkus’ to be Screened in Rangoon
01 December 2012: A short fiction film called Bungkus based on a story written by a Chin screenwriter Anna Biak Tha Mawi will premiere at the House of Memories in Rangoon tomorrow.
Bungkus, a Malay word for ‘parcel’ which is commonly known among the Chins as a name given to a woman in a ‘mail marriage’, features a love story between two young lovers whose relationship is threatened because of the ‘parcel’ arrangement.
Set in the Chin community of Rangoon and directed by Lay Thida, the film reflects a real-life tragedy where over 40 Chin refugees including children died in a boat accident between Burma and Malaysia in 2007.
A production of new work by filmmakers of the Yangon Film School (YFS), Bungkus is one of the first Chin short films ever made in Burma by a film organization.
Anna Biak Tha Mawi, a Chin screenwriter, poetess and painter, joined a YFS Screenwriting Workshop in 2009 when she wrote early drafts of Bungkus, according to the YFS website.
The 22-year-old daughter of Rev. Dr. Si Khia, a Chin pastor and professor of the Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT), finished her degree in English literature of the Liberal Arts Program at MIT in Rangoon.
Founded by Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison in 2005, the Yangon Film School (YFS) is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation that was created in order to support and encourage a burgeoning community of young media workers in Burma.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang