Burma Storybook is a creative documentary about a country emerging from years of dictatorship, told through Burmese poetry. The film circles around the story of the country’s most famous dissident poet alive today, as he waits for his long-lost son to return home.
Petr Lom was born in Prague in 1968, grew up in Canada, and is now based in the Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard and was Associate Professor at George Soros’ Central European University in human rights and philosophy. In 2003, he became an independent documentary director and producer specializing in human rights films. His award-winning films have been broadcast in over thirty countries and screened at more than three hundred film festivals around the world including Sundance, Berlinale, Locarno, Rotterdam and IDFA. His filmography: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan (2004); On a Tightrope (2007), Letters to the President (2009); Back to the Square (2012), ANA ANA (“I am me” in Arabic – 2013), and Burma Storybook (2017).
Corinne van Egeraat (1966) is based in The Netherlands. An independent filmmaker and creative producer with a background in theatre, she specializes in projects on creative freedom of expression. In 2011-12 she produced the Self-Portrait Video Project, a year-long workshop on autobiographical storytelling with young Egyptian artists, coaching them to make short films, one of which went on to the 2012 Berlinale. This project culminated with the collaborative feature documentary ANA ANA (“I am me” in Arabic) that was nominated for best film at IDFA 2014 and released in cinemas in the Netherlands. In 2015-2016 she produced Framing the Transition, a human rights photography essay project with twelve young Burmese photographers. . She is now planning an ambitious outreach project to accompany Burma Storybook that will consist of a free mobile cinema tour in Myanmar intending to reach an audience of two million people. Finally, she is also producing a photography and poetry book to accompany the film, with photography by Dana Lixenberg, one of the most famous photographers in the Netherlands. A Burmese language pocket edition of the book will be distributed for free in Burma with the free cinema tour.
She was selected Netherlands filmmaker of the year in 2004. Her filmography, all of which has been broadcast in the Netherlands, is: Lord of the Jungle (2000), Cowboys in Kosovo (2004), Speeding on the Virtual Highway ( 2007), Bridging the Gap (2008), Dislocated (2009), ANA ANA (“I am me” in Arabic – 2013), and Burma Storybook (2017).