A tyre recycling workshop in South Okkalapa in Myanmar’s former capital Yangon is a site of multiple uses and multiple deaths. This is the place where defunct tyres are transformed from their original shape and use and are reborn into new and completely different lives. Filmed almost entirely in black-and-white, this observational documentary gently explores a community of tyre cutters and recyclers, young and old, male and female, as they create with their super-sharp blades, careful eyes and skillful strokes, buckets, brushes and slippers from discarded rubber tyres. And, from time to time, in fleeting yet visceral moments in between their movements, snatched conversation and song, something lyrical, even philosophical emerges, and we are gently reminded of how every death gives way to a birth.
[director]Burmese filmmaker Kyaw Myo Lwin joined the Yangon Film School (YFS) in 2007 where he has since worked as sound recordist and/or editor on several YFS productions including a film about trauma healing in the Delta after Cyclone Nargis called Hidden Wounds. He recently edited the short documentary ‘Insein Rhythm’ – about a 19th century railway station in Yangon’s Insein township. This film premiered at Visions du réel International Documentary Film Festival in Nyon in April 2013. Since 2009 Kyaw Myo Lwin has also been working as a peer trainer as part of the YFS teach-to-train programme. “Tyres” marks his directorial debut and has won “The Best Student Film” and “Best Student Cinematography Award” at Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. [/director]