A Thousand Fires

Saeed Taji Farouky
Tue 5 Jul - Tue 12 Jul
  • Not harmful / All ages
5
Jul
-
12
Jul

In the Magway region of Myanmar, you can find one of the oldest petroleum industries in the world. This documentary gives an insight into the turbulent past, quickly changing present, generation gaps, life cycles, hopes and beliefs of the people living there.

The married Thein Shwe and Htwe Tin run an unregulated oil field together and produce an oil barrel every couple of days. Between footage of a bubbling electric kettle and hands covered in mud operating splashing machines and sounds of a football game coming from a nearby television, it becomes clear that their most important goal in life is to make sure their youngest son will be succesful and able to life himself out of poverty. This documentary, directed by Palestinian-British film maker Saeed Taji Farouky, is a portrait of a family in movement, a story of intergenerational conflicts and compromises, on fleeting moments, hopes and aspirations, belief in the power of karma and happiness, about a place, a community, and the rhythms of everyday life. This film is about the continuance of a seemingly thoughtless way of living, that people have actually been working very hard to reach.

Direction
Saeed Taji Farouky
Duration
90 min
RELEASE
Thu 30 Jun
Year
2018
Country
France, Switzerland, Netherlands
Language
Burmese
Subtitles
Dutch
  • Not harmful / All ages