Film southasia

"Festival of southasian documentries"


32 Souls

Directed by SAI NAW KHAM | 25' 33" | Myanmar



An old woman from Mong Htet in northern Shan State in Myanmar looks back on a life marked by privation and loss. Her memories are interwoven with images that touch on this conflicted state’s past, present and future. A quietly poetic and evocative work about the rhythms of daily life, mortality and the persistence of memory.



Sai Naw Kham grew up in Tangyan Township in Myanmar’s northern Shan State. Moving to Yangon in 2007, he first studied chemistry and worked for three years as an editor for Charr Music Production. His first brush with filmmaking came when he filmed his uncle’s donation to a Palaung village; the Palaung continue to fascinate him and he hopes to one day make a feature-length film with them. Since joining Yangon Film School in 2014 he has directed a documentary, The Crocodile Creek. In 2015 he photographed a short YFS drama, Book Lover.

FSA Year :   2017
Runtime :  25' 33"
Language :   Shan,
Country :   Myanmar,
Director :   SAI NAW KHAM
Producer :  Lindsey Merrison
Release Year :   2016


Selection Type: Student
Festival Edition: 2017
Award: The Nabil Bank Award for Best Student Film