Poetry is immensely popular in Burma / Myanmar, a country emerging from years of dictatorship and isolation. In the past, poetry was a way to endure and resist tyranny. Today, there are more online poets than bloggers. The stories and poems in Burma Storybook circle around Maung Aung Pwint — the country’s most famous dissident poet alive today — as he waits for his long-lost son to return home from exile. His family symbolizes resistance and grace, an answer to the poet’s question “How can our hearts possibly be healed?”
*Producer Corinne Van Egeraat and director Petr Lom will attend the festival in Auckland with the kind support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and EYE International. A Q&A will follow the screenings.
- Australasia Premiere