(70 minutes) Burma/Ireland/Thailand/USA
Directors: Nic Dunlop, Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern
Producers: Julie leBrocquy, Annie Sundberg
Myo Myint Cho joined the Burmese Army at the age of seventeen for the same reason many other Burmese men did: to find security, respect and gainful employment. Before losing a limb to a land mine, he supported the brutal military regime that had run the country for more than forty-five years. After his injury, he began an awakening that led him to join the pro-democracy movement. Combining interviews, archival footage and still photographs, much of it smuggled out of the country under great duress, Burma Soldier traces the history of Burma from 1948, when the country gained independence from Britain, showing how it became the nation it is today.
Nic Dunlop is an Irish photographer and author based in Bangkok whose work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including the Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph and The New York Times.
Filmmaking partners for more than a decade, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg have collaborated on such critically acclaimed films as The Trials of Darryl Hunt, which debuted on HBO in 2007 and received more than twenty festival awards, as well as The Devil Came on Horseback and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, which received the award for Documentary Film Editing and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Break Thru Films
Web site: www.breakthrufilms.org/burma-soldier