Burma Storybook: a masterclass on the challenges of filming in Myanmar.

12.30pm Sun

Presented by Petr Lom and Corinne van Egeraat (film-makers, The Burma Storybook).

The filmmakers worked for three years on their film Burma Storybook, telling the story of Myanmar’s transition through poetry. They will discuss the challenges of working in a country transitioning from many years of dictatorship, as well as the story-telling challenges of working with poetry in documentary. And they will discuss their new ambitious outreach project in which they plan to bring the film to an audience of at least 2 million people in Myanmar.

Petr Lom was born in Prague in 1968, grew up in Canada, and is now based in The Netherlands with his Dutch wife Corinne van Egeraat. 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 film. His award-winning films have been broadcast in over thirty countries and screened at more than two hundred and fifty 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), 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, which 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 the cinemas in the Netherlands. She is currently producing Framing the Transition, a human rights photography essay project with twelve young Burmese photographers. 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), and ANA ANA (“I am me” in Arabic – 2013). She is the producer of the about to be released feature documentary Burma Storybook (2017).

Charles Darwin University Business School

120 mins