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Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing

Directed by Kyaw Kyaw Oo | |

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In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis raged for hours in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Delta, killing 140,000 people. We felt compelled to do something. Seven days after the storm, we made our way to villages that had been utterly devastated, and met people who had lost everything to the cyclone. We recorded scenes that touched us to the core such as rain-drenched survivors searching for wood and nails in the mud to build a roof over their heads. Life was going on, somehow, in the most fragile of settings and yet it felt as if time stood still. We moved through a world that appeared surreal, where life and death seemed to coexist and survivors talked about the dead as if they were still with them. Our images reflect our own feelings as much as those of the people we met; we have carefully woven these emotions into an intimate and poetic film that conveys what it means when a natural disaster like Nargis changes forever the lives of so many. Due to security reasons, information about the filmmakers cannot be published.

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